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Clarence the Galapagos Tortoise Clarence the Galapagos Tortoise
Clarence, the Galapagos tortoise, born 1923, photographed at America's Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College, California
Photo Credit: David Starner (CC BY 3.0)
June 4, 2021
America's Teaching Zoo
Moorpark College

CTTC - Valley Field Trip: June 18, 2021
10:00 AM PDT
America's Teaching Zoo
Moorpark College

CTTC - Valley Field Trip: June 18, 2021
10:00 AM PDT
America's Teaching Zoo
Moorpark College

CTTC - Valley Field Trip: June 18, 2021
10:00 AM PDT

June 19th Update!

Photos of the fieldtrip have now been posted to CTTC-Valley's Facebook page!

June 19th Update!

Photos of the fieldtrip have now been posted to CTTC-Valley's Facebook page!


The CTTC Valley Chapter released the following information on June 1, 2021 re: their Friday, June 18, 2021 field trip at 10:00 AM PDT.

As members of the Valley Chapter of the California Turtle & Tortoise Club, you are invited to attend a special behind the scenes tour of the America's Teaching Zoo located on the campus of Moorpark College in Moorpark, California. This unique program, one of only two in the United States, features the sought-after Exotic Animal Training & Management (EATM) curriculum for those students with the career goal of working in a zoo, entertainment industry, and other animal husbandry fields.

The EATM designation indicates that these graduates have been thoroughly trained in the proper and humane management of animals. Graduates have found many rewarding careers throughout the United States and help to ensure that proper techniques and skills are being used

What will we see?

We will start out visiting the Reptile House where our guide will bring out many of their exotic reptiles and amphibians, among them the Argentine Tegu lizard, Clarence, their giant Galapagos tortoise (Geochelone nigra) (who is 98 years old!), Eastern Box turtle, Leopard tortoise, Sulcata tortoise, and a Snapping turtle.

We are also hoping to experience the lions getting a meal. We better behave ourselves or someone might be on the menu!

Spaces are limited so respond by Wednesday, June 9. Priority goes to CTTC members.

To register, please contact Bob Hazard.

All guests over 2 years old are required to wear a mask at all times, and we will be acknowledging proper social distancing protocol as per the Moorpark College rules.

Your Valley Chapter Team

      As members of the Valley Chapter of the California Turtle & Tortoise Club, you are invited to attend a special behind the scenes tour of the America's Teaching Zoo located on the campus of Moorpark College in Moorpark, California. This unique program, one of only two in the United States, features the sought-after Exotic Animal Training & Management (EATM) curriculum for those students with the career goal of working in a zoo, entertainment industry, and other animal husbandry fields.

The EATM designation indicates that these graduates have been thoroughly trained in the proper and humane management of animals. Graduates have found many rewarding careers throughout the United States and help to ensure that proper techniques and skills are being used

What will we see?

We will start out visiting the Reptile House where our guide will bring out many of their exotic reptiles and amphibians, among them the Argentine Tegu lizard, Clarence, their giant Galapagos tortoise (Geochelone nigra) (who is 98 years old!), Eastern Box turtle, Leopard tortoise, Sulcata tortoise, and a Snapping turtle.

We are also hoping to experience the lions getting a meal. We better behave ourselves or someone might be on the menu!

Spaces are limited so respond by Wednesday, June 9. Priority goes to CTTC members.

To register, please contact Bob Hazard.

All guests over 2 years old are required to wear a mask at all times, and we will be acknowledging proper social distancing protocol as per the Moorpark College rules.

Your Valley Chapter Team

You can join the Valley Chapter here.

CTTC - Valley Chapter General Info.

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