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Dr. Chris Tabaka

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Veterinary Advisor and Trustee

Local Address:  United States
World Chelonian Trust
P.O. Box 1445
Vacaville , California 95696
United States


Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • DVM
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree
    Michigan State University
  • bachelors , biology
    Michigan State University
  • D.V.M.
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Biographies of the World Chelonian Trust Trustees, 15 Dec 2015 [cached]
Chris Tabaka DVM - Veterinary Advisor / Trustee
Chris Tabaka, DVM - World Chelonian Trust Veterinary Advisor / Trustee, 15 Dec 2015 [cached]
Chris Tabaka, DVM World Chelonian Trust Veterinary Advisor / Trustee
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Chris Tabaka grew up in Michigan where as a kid his fascination with turtles was born when he brought home Hercumer, his kindergarten class' common snapping turtle for the summer. It was love at first sight and led to long, long summers for the various painted turtles, snappers, and sliders in various ponds in the neighborhood.
Knowing at a very early age he wanted to help animals, he attended Michigan State University earning a bachelors in biology and then a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. During this time he worked closely with the wildlife rehabiltation center at the vet school and decided that zoo veterinary medicine, with it's incredible variety of taxa as well as clinical cases, was the only career choice worth pursuing.
Chris' first encounter with the World Chelonian Trust board was when Darrell Senneke contacted him in 1998 about a pair of conjoined elongated tortoise hatchlings.
In terms of ongoing chelonian pursuits, Chris is intensively involved with the Turtle Survival Alliance on a variety of levels including being the point person and veterinary advisor for a variety of species. He has also done a lot of reptile medicine training and consulting including working with colleagues and friends at the Chengdu Zoo in China as well as Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden in Hong Kong. His research pursuits include working with the University of Florida in developing immunological reagents in Cuora galbinifrons (and hopefully most of the other Asian species if this is successful), fieldwork on tarantulas in Belize, and Louisiana pine snake (Pituophis ruthveni) radiotelemetry release research in Louisiana. Lastly, he does a lot of work with the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians and the AZA's Chelonian Taxon Advisory Group.
Like the rest of the trustees, he believes very strongly in working closely with others in order to acheive the WCT's goals of promoting conservation and education and thereby ensuring that all of the chelonia here today are still here many generations from now..
Binder Park Zoo presents a ..., 12 Jan 2011 [cached]
Binder Park Zoo presents a discussion on the Kalamazoo River Oil Spill with Dr. Chris Tabaka
December 8, 2010
Binder Park Zoo and Battle Creek Brigham Audubon are welcoming special guest speaker Dr. Chris Tabaka, turtle expert and Binder Park Zoo’s Staff Veterinarian on Wednesday, December 8th at 7:00pm. This unique presentation will give guests a one-of-a-kind, behind the scenes, start to finish look into the Kalamazoo River Oil Spill and how it affected wildlife in our own backyards.
A graduate of Michigan State University, Dr. Tabaka received a Bachelors of Science in Biology and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree with honors from the college of veterinary medicine. He has been in the field of zoo medicine for sixteen years including working at the Toledo Zoo, Memphis Zoo, and Detroit Zoo. Since early 2007, he has worked as the Staff Veterinarian at Binder Park Zoo.
Dr. Tabaka taught turtle and tortoise medicine and husbandry in China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore as well as multiple forums throughout the United States. He is a founding board member for the World Chelonian Trust and the Turtle Survival Alliance. He is also a member of the international IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialists Group based in Switzerland. In addition, he operates as a veterinary advisor for the Association of Zoos and Aquarium Chelonian Taxon Advisory Group, lectures annually at Michigan State University, and is an adjunct faculty member in the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine.
Most recently, Dr. Tabaka has been the leading reptile and amphibian expert at the Wildlife Response Center in Marshall which was organized immediately following the oil spill. He has assisted in rehabilitating and releasing over 2000 reptiles and amphibians since the oil spill occurred during the summer of 2010 and is currently overseeing the medical care of almost 500 further animals.
Memphis Zoo Hospital, 10 Jan 2002 [cached]
"This new hospital definitely brings us up to par with other zoo hospitals across the country," said Dr. Chris Tabaka, veterinarian at the Memphis Zoo."It is an excellent facility and is being put to good use as the animal collection continues to grow."
Reptile keeper Chris Baker, Dr. Reichling, Dr. Tabaka
by Dr. Chris Tabaka
Contacts, 15 Dec 2015 [cached]
Chris Tabaka DVM . - Veterinary
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