PETER PRITCHARD: Tickled About Turtles

PETER PRITCHARD

Turtles, inert and uncuddly, lag behind whales and pandas in the race for wildlife-conservation publicity. So they're lucky to have Peter Pritchard as a cheerleader. Born in England and educated at Cambridge University and the University of Florida, where he earned his Ph.D. in zoology, Pritchard, 56, has done superb scientific research. But even more impressive is his campaign to make turtles as popular as Mickey Mouse. Appropriately, his new, privately funded Chelonian Research Institute, for the study and preservation of turtles, is located in Oviedo, Fla., just a half-hour drive from Disney World. Pritchard shares observations with celebrity tortoise lovers...

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