John L. Behler

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John L. Behler (1946 - 2006) was an American naturalist, herpetologist, author, and activist known for his work in conserving endangered species of turtles, snakes, and other reptiles.[1] He served as curator of herpetology at the Bronx Zoo from 1976 to 2006. He co-chaired the IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Specialist Group, and is a founding member of the Turtle Survival Alliance, which now funds the Behler Turtle Conservation Award; a major annual award to honor leadership in the field of freshwater turtle and tortoise conservation.[2] The Turtle Conservancy named its captive breeding center, the Behler Chelonian Center, in his honor.[3]


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  • Pearce, Jeremy. (February 5, 2006). "John L. Behler, 62, Dies; Influential Voice for Saving Reptiles". The New York Times.

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