The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.
Dr. Shannon DiRuzzo
After working as a small animal and zoo veterinarian in Alaska for over 10 years, Shannon joined Turtle Island. Since 2011, she has been busy working for Turtle Island and other international turtle conservation projects combining veterinary medicine with the conservation of nature, further supporting her lifelong engagement in protecting and pursuing the well-being of all animals. She is also a desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) conservation biologist for solar energy projects and the US military in California and Nevada. In 2018, she founded and is the President of Turtle Island Corporation, a U.S.A.-based nonprofit with 501(c)(3) status. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Amphibian- und Reptilienkrankheiten (AG ARK) and Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Herpetologie und Terrarienkunde (DGHT).
Vice President, Co-Founder
After receiving his biology and zoology degree, Peter founded Turtle Island's conservation and breeding institution with his father, Reiner. Next to his duties as a turtle breeder and conservator, he supports various ORF UNIVERSUM TV productions as a scientific advisor. Furthermore, he is a sworn and court-certified expert for biology (keeping and breeding zoo animals), a member of the Freshwater Turtle and Tortoise Specialist Group/IUCN, the Field Conservation Committee, and a scientific consultant at the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA). He serves as Vice-President of Turtle Island Corporation, a U.S.A-based nonprofit with 501(c)(3) status.
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Source: IRS Form 990
Turtle IslandOfficers, directors, trustees, and key employees
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Turtle IslandBoard of directors
as of 10/21/2022
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Dr. Shannon DiRuzzo
Dr. Peter Praschag
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