Radio-tracking Radiated Tortoises – Travel Blog Vol. 4

April 6, 2022 By Brett Bartek Back to so-called “civilization.” Although a return to the capital of Antananarivo means regular showers and a cheeseburger lunch in a French restaurant, it also means traffic jams, pollution, panhandling, and the overall busy nature that comes with any big city. While in the field, time is regulated by…

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Species Spotlight: Asian Giant Softshell

Asian Giant Softshell Turtle (Pelochelys cantorii) Countries of Origin: Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore (extirpated), Thailand, Vietnam IUCN Status: Critically Endangered Habitat: Rivers, estuaries, coastal brackish and marine waters, and lakes Size:  ≤ 100 cm (~39 in.) carapace length Fast Facts: – Described to science in 1864 by John Edward Gray – Named in…

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TSA’s Turtle Month Turtle Heroes — Week 4

Welcome to Week 4 of TSA’s Turtle Month! Every day, from Earth Day through World Turtle Day® on May 23rd, TSA is highlighting the people who make possible our collaborative programs across the world for the preservation of threatened turtles and tortoises. Without these Turtle Heroes, we could not achieve our vision of Zero Turtle Extinction! For their…

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30 Royal Turtles Hatch in Cambodia!

Koh Kong, Cambodia – Thirty Royal Turtle babies hatched in an artificial sand bank at theKoh Kong Reptile Conservation Center (KKRCC) last week. This is the second time that Royal Turtles havelaid eggs in captivity in Cambodia. “The hatching of these turtles underscores the importance of building breeding colonies of at-riskspecies in their country of…

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TSA’s Turtle Month Turtle Heroes — Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 of TSA’s Turtle Month! Every day, from Earth Day through World Turtle Day® on May 23rd, TSA is highlighting the people who make possible our collaborative programs across the world for the preservation of threatened turtles and tortoises. Without these Turtle Heroes, we could not achieve our vision of Zero Turtle Extinction!…

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TSA’s Turtle Month Turtle Heroes — Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of TSA’s Turtle Month! Every day, from Earth Day through World Turtle Day® on May 23rd, TSA is highlighting the people who make possible our collaborative programs across the world for the preservation of threatened turtles and tortoises. Without these Turtle Heroes, we could not achieve our vision of Zero Turtle Extinction!…

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TSA’s Turtle Month Turtle Heroes – Week 1

Welcome to TSA’s Turtle Month! Every day, from Earth Day through World Turtle Day® on May 23rd, TSA is highlighting the people who make possible our collaborative programs across the world for the preservation of threatened turtles and tortoises. Without these Turtle Heroes, we could not achieve our vision of Zero Turtle Extinction! For their…

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Radio-tracking Radiated Tortoises – Travel Blog Vol. 3

April 2, 2022 By Brett Bartek After returning from Lavanono we spent three more days at the tortoise release site. With all of the hard work complete, we were left with the fun work of simply trying to locate all of our transmittered tortoises one last time before the TSA staff whom we trained return…

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Species Spotlight: Bourret’s Box Turtle

Bourret’s Box Turtle (Cuora bourreti) Countries of Origin: Laos, Vietnam IUCN Status: Critically Endangered Habitat: Mountainous evergreen forests Size:  ≤ 20 cm (~8 in.) Fast Facts: – Described to science in 1994 by Fritz Jürgen Obst and Michael Reimann. – Named in honor of René Léon Bourret (1884-1957), a French zoologist and herpetologist. – Males and females are generally of the…

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Radio-tracking Radiated Tortoises – Travel Blog Vol. 2

March 25, 2022 By Lance Paden The 17th of March started like most days our first full week in-country. We had an early breakfast consisting of rice, toast-like crackers with orange jam/Laughing Cow Cheese, and a cup of hot black tea. We then loaded down the Toyota Hilux with a full bed of gear and…

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