Mr. Tomas Diagne is an African freshwater turtle and tortoise expert who has been working to save threatened and endangered turtle species in Senegal for the past 20 years. He began rescuing endangered African spurred tortoises (Centrochelys sulcata) as a teenager and in 1992 he created S.O.S. (Save Our Sulcata), a non-profit conservation organization. He also co-founded and built the Village des Tortues in Noflaye, Senegal - a sanctuary and captive breeding facility for sulcata tortoises that now houses over 300 individuals and has re-introduced numerous others back to the wild. Tomas has also been actively involved in freshwater and marine turtle research throughout Africa. He is a member of the IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group. In 2009 he decided to create the African Chelonian Institute (ACI) in order to expand turtle research, captive breeding, and re-introduction to all African turtle species.
Mr. Abdoul Aziz Diaw holds a Master's Degree in Accounting Procedures. He has a passion for and is actively involved in humanitarian and other non-profit organizations operating in Senegal. He joined the ACI team in 2012 and now supervises the financial and accounting operations.
Mr. Abdel Kader Diagne has 9 years of field experience and captive breeding experience of several species of tortoise and turtle of Senegal, including at the Village des Tortues in Noflaye, Senegal - a sanctuary and captive breeding facility for the Sulcata Tortoise (Centrochelys sulcata). He currently supervises the collections and breeding facility at Ngaparou, Senegal.
Mr. Kévin Labille is currently in the first year of his PhD studies in computer sciences at the University of Arkansas. He earned his Master’s Degree in Computer Science in France. Kévin discovered the Pelusios species when he bought 3 Pelusios castaneus hatchlings, beginning his true focus on the husbandry, education, and conservation of African species. He is now the Communcations & Fundraising Officer for the ACI. Kévin also is an Educational Resource Developer for theTurtleRoom. He has combined his passion for turtles with his studies by developing a software called Digital Chelonian Log, available for free (it is still a work in progress).
Boubacar’s work at the African Chelonian Institute consists of daily care and maintenance of all turtles and exhibits, monitoring the growth of head start hatchlings, and assisting with fieldwork when needed.