Since 1964, California Turtle & Tortoise Club (CTTC) has been promoting and facilitating the care and adoption of native and nonnative turtle species.

CTTC is a California Public Benefit Corporation recognized as a non-profit organization under IRS Code 501(c)(3). Contributions and donations to CTTC are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

CTTC was founded in 1964 and has over 1,000 members world-wide. Membership in CTTC is managed through the Club's many Chapters.

Most CTTC Chapters hold monthly meetings that typically include an educational program and a chance to socialize and share information. Many Chapters maintain libraries with borrowing privileges for members. Many Chapters also hold annual turtle and tortoise shows, sponsor field trips, and participate in community outreach activities. All Club members receive the CTTC newsletter, the Tortuga Gazette, as a benefit of membership in CTTC.

Turtles in the News

Conservation success: Buoyed hopes for sea turtles (5 October 2017)

Sea turtles are on the path to recovery, say scientists. But this is not a turtle story, this is a human story.

After half a century of conservation efforts, scientists are seeing long-term growth in some populations of the globe’s seven species of sea turtles, according to a paper published last month in the journal Science Advances.Read the article...

Aquarium of the Pacific Releases Rehabilitated Sea Turtle into San Gabriel River (5 October 2017)

Aquarium of the Pacific officials released a green sea turtle into the San Gabriel River in Long Beach today after rehabilitating it during a week-long process that involved removing fishing hooks.

The aquarium was asked to rehabilitate the rescued sea turtle by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) after it was found injured in the San Gabriel River. It was brought to them on Friday, September 29, aquarium officials said today.  Read the article...

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Last update: 07-Feb-2018