by Dr. Thomas Rainwater on April 29, 2010 On April 23rd, we conducted a spotlight survey of ~ 16 km of the Sittee River just south of Dangriga.  The locals there say turtles are in the river, but most are sliders (Trachemys) and loggerheads (Staurotypus).  They say Dermatemysare there but are seldom seen.  We saw none during our survey.…

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by Dr. Thomas Rainwater on April 23, 2010 We’ve been in the field for a week and have surveyed 4 rivers in the south of Belize: the Rio Grande, Golden Stream, Moho River, and Temash River.  Multiple NGOs in southern Belize have been extremely helpful during our time here, and we would have been much less productive without…

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by Dr. Gerald Kuchling on April 21, 2010 Dr. Gerald Kuchling recently sent in this update from the Suzhou Zoo in China, where he has returned to spearhead another breeding attempt for the Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei): A quick update from China: I and Guundie (note: Dr. Kuchling’s wife), Dr. Lu Shunqing (Wildlife Conservation Society) and…

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by Rick Hudson on April 16, 2010 The TSA’s goal to create a sustainable conservation program for one of the world’s most heavily exploited turtles, Dermatemys mawii, finally saw some progress recently with the arrival of Dr. Thomas Rainwater in Belize.  With funding from the Turtle Conservation Fund (TCF) and the Mohammed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, Dr. Rainwater and…

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