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We are excited to announce the Turtle and Tortoise Preservation Group Conference on Captive Care and Breeding this year. The TTPG Conference will be held at the Mesa Centennial Hall in Mesa, AZ.

 2014 TTPG Conference Dates and Times:

  • Wednesday, November 12th, 9am-5pm (Tour or two local Breeder Facilities - $20 fee applies)
  • Thursday, November 13th, 9am-5pm
  • Friday, November 14th, 9am-12pm

**Phoenix Reptile Expo is following the conference on Nov 15th & 16th**

All individuals that preregister will receive a special gift bag and conference t-shirt!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

  • 8:30 to 9:00 am – Mingle and continental breakfast
  • 9:00 am – WELCOME (TTPG) Russ Gurley
  • 9:05 to 9:45 am – John Richards (Loggerhead Acres) “My Life with Giants - 20 Years of Keeping and Breeding Alligator Snapping Turtles”
  • 9:45 am to 10:15 am  - Hans-Dieter Philippen “Tortoises of Namibia” 
  • 10:15 am to 10:30 am    MORNING BREAK 
  • 10:30 am to 11:00 am - Andrew Hermes (Arizona Tortoise Center) “Breeding Tortoises in the Heat”
  • 11:00 am to 11:30 am  Phil Goss (USARK) “Sea Kittens! We’re Losing a War with Sea Kittens!”
  • 11:30 am to 12:00 pm - Edward Newell  “Application Specific Zoological Lighting Design-Zonal UVA/B”
  • 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm  LUNCH
  • 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm -  Barry Lambert “Captive Care and Breeding of Graptemys species”
  • 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm - Cord Offermann DVM “Keeping and Breeding Brown Mountain Tortoises, Manouria emys”
  • 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm  John Cann
  • 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm  – Mark Wallace “Keeping and Breeding Asian Big-headed Turtles, Platysternon megacephalum” 
  • 4:15 to 4:30 AFTERNOON BREAK
  • 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm  Hans-Dieter Philippen “Studbook Breeding - the European Way”
  • 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm - Stephan Böhm “Experiences in Captivity and Nature with the European Pond Turtle, Emys orbicularis”
  • 5:45 pm to 6:15 pm – Alan Shoemaker  “Updated: Permits and Regulations Affecting the Turtle Community”
  • 6:30 to ??? - Dinner together or on our own
  • 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm  For interested parties, Alan Shoemaker will present a workshop on applying successfully for the Captive Born Wildlife Permit.

FRIDAY, November 14, 2014

  • 8:30 to 9:00 am – mingle and continental breakfast
  • 9:00 to 9:30 am - Wayne Hill “Going Green - Making Your Turtle Facility More Environmentally Friendly”
  • 9:30 am to 10:00 am - Ed Pirog  “Captive Care of the Egyptian Tortoise, Testudo kleinmanni”
  • 10:00 to 10:40 am - Cris Hagen (Turtle Survival Alliance) “The Sulawesi Forest Turtle (Leucocephalon yuwonoi): Wild Encounters and Captive Management”
  • 10:40 am to 11:15 am – Stephan Böhm  “Keeping and Breeding the Gibba Turtle, Mesoclemmys gibba”
  • CONCLUSION - Russ Gurley
  • 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm – lunch banquet and banquet speaker:











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