The Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) was established in 2001 in response to the “Asian Turtle Crisis” in which unsustainable numbers of turtles were being harvested from the wild for the food trade, pet trade, and traditional Chinese medicine. The TSA is an active conservation organization working in 13 countries as well as in the U.S. Based in South Carolina, TSA works to conserve 20 of the top 25 most endangered turtles in the world. With a goal of “zero turtle extinctions,” it utilizes relationships with zoos, aquariums, government organizations, other non-profit organizations and the private sector to help turtle species continue to persist both in the wild and in captivity. The mission of the TSA is that one day, future generations of turtles can be repatriated where these species have once been found.
About our speaker
Nathan Haislip is the Facilities Manager and Lead Keeper at the Turtle Survival Center (TSC) in Cross, South Carolina. He has been actively involved in the field of herpetology since his teens. Nathan attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree in wildlife management. His career led him to the Fort Worth Zoo’s world-renowned herpetology department where he worked with a variety of amphibians and reptiles from crocodilians to Komodo dragons. Nathan specialized in turtles and tortoises while at the zoo and gained a vast array of skills pertaining to the rearing and breeding of endangered turtles. He accepted his current position in 2014 where he has led the ongoing construction of the TSC as well as overseeing the day-to-day husbandry and care of the rare collection of turtles and tortoises.