Archive for March 2010

Chelonian Visitor Center opens in Vietnam

The Turtle Survival Aliance is pleased to announce the opening of the Chelonian Visitor Center in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam. The visitor center represents the region’s first visitor interpretation center focused exclusively on the conservation of turtles and freshwater turtles. The new educational facilities incorporate a range of interpretive displays and exhibits including underwater…

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Team TSA in Madagascar – Part 1

by Rick Hudson on March 18, 2010 Team Madagascar is Rick Hudson (Fort Worth Zoo/TSA), Brian Horne (San Diego Zoo/TSA), Bonnie Raphael, DVM and Berni Leahy (Wildlife Conservation Society).  We are guided by Herilala Randrianmahazo (WCS Madagascar) and accompanied by Tsanta, a 5th year veterinary student. Goals and objectives: 1) Assist the WCS veterinary team in sampling Radiated…

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Radiated Tortoises at a Critical Crossroads

Shortly after arriving in the small town of Beloha, word of our arrival spread quickly. Not many “vazas”, a Malagsy term for light skinned foreigners, come to this area of Madagascar, especially ones studying tortoises.  We definitely drew some curious stares and in a manner of minutes we had offers to see tortoises. Although there…

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TSA Assisting with Illegal Turtle Shipment Seized in Hong Kong

One of the biggest undertakings the TSA is facing in the coming weeks is one that we couldn’t have planned for – a major confiscation of smuggled turtles and tortoises in Hong Kong. Our friends at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden (KFBG) in Hong Kong contacted us in February seeking our assistance. The government had…

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