American Tortoise Rescue

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American Tortoise Rescue (ATR) is an animal rescue organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, adoption and protection of all tortoise and turtle species, and the protection of their environments. Located in Malibu, CA, ATR is a United States 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation.[1]

Since its founding in 1990 by husband and wife team Susan Tellem and Marshall Thompson, ATR has rescued over 1000 turtles and 2000 tortoises. The organization's in-house population "floats" at about 125 animals. [1]

World Turtle Day[edit]

Beginning in 2000, ATR sponsored World Turtle Day in an effort to increase awareness of the plight of turtles and tortoises and the environments that support them.[2][3][4][5]


  1. ^ a b "ATR About us". Archived from the original on 2 March 2009. Retrieved Feb 2009. 
  2. ^ "Be Kind to Turtles, World Turtle Day is May 23". Retrieved Feb 2009. 
  3. ^ "Celebrate World Turtle Day". Archived from the original on 15 February 2009. Retrieved Feb 2009. 
  4. ^ Wendy Heller (May 13, 2008). "American Tortoise Rescue Celebrates World Turtle Day May 23rd". Retrieved Feb 2009. 
  5. ^ "American Tortoise Rescue Celebrates World Turtle Day May 23rd". Health News Digest. May 13, 2008. Retrieved Feb 2009. 

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