IUCN: Vulnerable | ESA: Under Review
The Western pond turtle is found from the lowlands of Puget Sound in Washington State, southward through Western Oregon and California into the northwestern Baja California peninsula. Turtles are also found in western Nevada, but it is uncertain as to whether this populations is native. Populations in the majority of this range are declining (see above) or unknown, though populations in Washington State have increased due to concerted conservation efforts.
Despite the tremendous efforts AZA members and partners have committed toward saving the Western pond turtle, the species is still declining at an alarming rate and there is a clear need to approach conservation differently. AZA SAFE provides a new approach for collaborative conservation. Using a One Plan approach, conservationists working to save a species work together to identify and prioritize the conservation needs of a species and then develops a 3-year Conservation Action Plan (CAP). Each AZA SAFE Conservation Action Plan includes specific projects, goals, and actions that will address the needs of each species.
Learn more about the individual projects that comprise the AZA SAFE Western Pond Turtle Conservation Action Plan.
Chelonian TAG Chair: Michael Ogle, Knoxville Zoological Gardens
Chelonian TAG Vice Chair: Barry Downer, Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden
SSP Coordinator: Jessie Bushell, San Francisco Zoo and Gardens
Studbook Keeper: Jessie Bushell, San Francisco Zoo and Gardens
Video: Western Pond Turtle Call for Participation Webinar
Video: Western Pond Turtle
For more information about AZA SAFE and its commitment to Western pond turtle conservation, please contact SAFEwesternpondturtle@aza.org.
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