Saturday, April 1, 2017

Turtle Conservation Fund - PROPOSALS

Turtle Conservation Fund (TCF)

Next Proposal Deadline: 
1 May 2017


The Turtle Conservation Fund (TCF) awards grants to organizations or individuals for specific conservation or research projects dealing with tortoises or freshwater turtles, but not marine turtles, with either partial or full support as funding allows. 

Grants focus on projects regarding 1) species listed as IUCN Critically Endangered, 2) species that are on the TCF Priority Species List (recently revised, see below), or 3) species other than those listed, provided a convincing rationale is included why the species’ conservation status merits funding from the TCF.   The maximum amount of each grant is US $5000, but smaller grant requests are also encouraged (up to $1000 each) to support pilot conservation initiatives for tortoise and freshwater turtle species that are currently either IUCN Red Listed as Critically Endangered or Endangered (or on the TCF Priority Species list--see below), or species that may become priority species with an increase in the state of knowledge about the status of their populations or the threats they currently face (principally species currently classified on the Red List as Not Evaluated or Data Deficient).

TCF’s highest priority species targeted for funding are listed below (list recently revised).

Award recipients enter into contractual agreement with one of our partner organizations (Conservation International, Chelonian Research Foundation, or Turtle Conservancy) to produce the proposed work.  Award recipients are also encouraged to publish at least partial results of the supported research in the international scientific turtle journal, Chelonian Conservation and Biology, published by TCF partner Chelonian Research Foundation (

For further information and application guidelines go to
Turtle Conservation Fund 
Priority Species List

Species included in this list are Critically Endangered (CR) or proposed as CR (by IUCN Red Listing Workshops).  Listed exceptions include Acanthochelys pallidipectoris (Chaco Side-necked Turtle), Chitra indica (Indian Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle), Elusor macrurus (Mary River Turtle), Centrochelys sulcata (African Spurred Tortoise), Kinosternon angustipons (Narrow-bridged Mud Turtle), Myuchelys georgesi (Bellinger River Sawshelled Turtle), Terrapene coahuila (Coahuilan Box Turtle), and Terrapene (carolina) yucatana (Yucatan Box Turtle). 
In addition, the Turtle Conservation Fund (TCF) recognizes that the conservation status of many turtle species, particularly those inhabiting Sub-Saharan Africa, is poorly known, and will consider applications for projects to improve our understanding of the survival prospects of these species, particularly Homopus solus (Nama Padloper), Kinixys erosa (Serrated Hinge-back tortoise), and Pelusios broadleyi (Turkana Mud Turtle) during the 2017 funding cycles.  Such projects should clearly describe why a particular species or region might warrant priority funding from the TCF. 

  1. Dermatemys mawii  (Central American River Turtle) – Belize, Guatemala, Mexico

  1. Kinosternon angustipons (Narrrow-bridged Mud Turtle) – Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama 
  2. Sternotherus depressus  (Flattened Musk Turtle) – USA 

  1. Glyptemys muhlenbergii           (Bog Turtle) – USA 
  2. Terrapene coahuila  (Coahuilan Box Turtle) – Mexico 
  3. Terrapene (carolina) yucatana (Yucatan Box Turtle) – Mexico 

  1. Batagur affinis  (Southern River Terrapin) – Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand 
  2. Batagur baska  (Northern River Terrapin) – Bangladesh, India, Myanmar
  3. Batagur borneoensis  (Painted Terrapin) – Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand 
  4. Batagur kachuga  (Red-crowned Roofed Turtle) – Bangladesh, India, Nepal
  5. Batagur trivittata  (Burmese Roofed Turtle) – Myanmar 
  6. Cuora aurocapitata  (Yellow-headed Box Turtle) – China 
  7. Cuora bourreti  (Bourret’s Box Turtle) – Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam
  8. Cuora flavomarginata(Yellow-margined Box Turtle) – China, Japan, Taiwan 
  9. Cuora galbinifrons  (Indochinese Box Turtle) – China, Laos, Vietnam
  10. Cuora mccordi  (McCord’s Box Turtle) – China 
  11. Cuora mouhotii (Keeled Box Turtle) – China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam
  12. Cuora pani  (Pan’s Box Turtle) – China 
  13. Cuora picturata  (Southern Vietnam Box Turtle) – Vietnam 
  14. Cuora trifasciata  (Chinese Three-striped Box Turtle, Golden Coin Turtle) – China, Hong Kong, Laos, Vietnam
  15. Cuora yunnanensis  (Yunnan Box Turtle) – China 
  16. Cuora zhoui  (Zhou’s Box Turtle) – China, Vietnam
  17. Heosemys annandalii (Yellow-headed Temple Turtle) – Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam
  18. Heosemys depressa  (Arakan Forest Turtle) – Myanmar 
  19. Leucocephalon yuwonoi  (Sulawesi Forest Turtle) – Indonesia 
  20. Mauremys annamensis  (Annam Pond Turtle) – Vietnam 
  21. Mauremys mutica (Yellow Pond Turtle) – China, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam
  22. Mauremys nigricans  (Red-necked Pond Turtle) – China, Vietnam 
  23. Orlitia borneensis (Malaysian Giant Turtle) – Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia
  24. Sacalia bealei (Beal’s Eyed Turtle) – China, Hong Kong
  25. Siebenrockiella leytensis  (Philippine Forest Turtle) – Philippines 

  1. Platysternon megacephalum (Big-headed Turtle) – Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam

  1. Astrochelys radiata  (Radiated Tortoise) – Madagascar 
  2. Astrochelys yniphora  (Ploughshare Tortoise, Angonoka) – Madagascar 
  3. Centrochelys sulcata (African Spurred Tortoise – only in-situ projects eligible) – Benin, Burkina Faso, CAR, Chad, Eritera, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan
  4. Geochelone platynota  (Burmese Star Tortoise) – Myanmar Gopherus flavomarginatus  (Bolson Tortoise) – Mexico
  5. Gopherus flavomarginatus (Bolson Tortoise) – Mexico
  6. Kinixys homeana (Home’s Hinge-back Tortoise) – Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Togo, Zaire
  7. Malacochersus tornieri (Pancake Tortoise) – Kenya, Tanzania
  8. Manouria emys (Asian Giant Tortoise) – Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand 
  9. Psammobates geometricus  (Geometric Tortoise) – South Africa 
  10. Pyxis arachnoides  (Spider Tortoise) – Madagascar 
  11. Pyxis planicauda  (Flat-tailed Tortoise, Flat-shelled Spider Tortoise) – Madagascar 
  12. Testudo kleinmanni  (Egyptian Tortoise) – Egypt, Israel, Libya

  1. Apalone spinifera atra  (Black Spiny Softshell Turtle, Cuatro Cienegas Softshell Turtle) - Mexico
  2. Chitra chitra  (Asian Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle) – Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand
  3. Chitra indica  (Indian Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle) – Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan
  4. Chitra vandijki  (Burmese Narrow-headed Softshell Turtle) – Myanmar, Thailand 
  5. Cyclanorbis elegans (Nubian Flapshell Turtle) – Chad, Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan, Togo 
  6. Nilssonia formosa (Burmese Peacock Softshell Turtle) – China, Myanmar, 
  7. Nilssonia leithii  (Leith’s Softshell Turtle) – India 
  8. Nilssonia nigricans  (Black Softshell Turtle, Bostami Softshell) – Bangladesh, India 
  9. Pelochelys cantori  (Asian Giant Softshell Turtle, Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle) – Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam 
  10. Rafetus swinhoei (Red River Giant Softshell Turtle, Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle, Swinhoe’s Softshell Turtle) – China, Vietnam 

  1. Acanthochelys pallidipectoris (Chaco Side-necked Turtle) – Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay
  2. Chelodina mccordi  (Roti Island Snake-necked Turtle) – Indonesia, Timor-Leste 
  3. Elusor macrurus  (Mary River Turtle) – Australia 
  4. Mesoclemmys hogei  (Hoge’s Side-necked Turtle) – Brazil 
  5. Myuchelys georgesi (Bellinger River Sawshelled Turtle) – Australia
  6. Pseudemydura umbrina  (Western Swamp Turtle) – Australia 

  1. Erymnochelys madagascariensis  (Madagascan Big-headed Turtle) – Madagascar 
  2. Podocnemis expansa  (Giant South American River Turtle, Giant Amazon River Turtle, Arrau) – Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Venezuela 
  3. Podocnemis lewyana  (Magdalena River Turtle) – Colombia 

The TCF is aware that Gopherus agassizii (Mojave Desert Tortoise - USA) is proposed for an assessment as Critically Endangered; however, the TCF is unlikely to fund applications for Desert Tortoise work, and recommends that prospective applicants for projects concerning this species check into grants available from the Desert Tortoise Council [] and other sources.

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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