by Heather Lowe  2012 was the busiest and best in the history of the Turtle Survival Alliance. Here are just a few of the accomplishments that we’re so grateful for as the year draws to a close: In Madagascar, the TSA’s grassroots campaign to expose the Radiated Tortoise poaching crisis is beginning to yield positive results throughout the…

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by Steve Platt  The Burmese star tortoise (Geochelone platynota) is a Critically Endangered species endemic to the dry zone of central Myanmar.  Star tortoises have long been harvested for food by local people, but high demand, first from food and traditional medicine markets in southern China, and later by pet markets in China, Japan, and Thailand…

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by Heather Lowe  The group of radiated tortoises that was confiscated at the Ivato Airport (Madagascar) on October 10 is still being cared for by the staff at the office that the TSA shares with the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership in Antaranarivo. The tortoises (569 total) had been packed into just four suitcases when they were found and many…

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by Heather Lowe  The United States has nearly 60 species of native turtle, including a variety of aquatic species including river cooters (Pseudemys), sliders (Trachemys), musk (Sternotherus), mud (Kinosternon), softshell (Apalone), and snapping turtles (Chelydra and Macrochelys). Across the country, turtle populations are facing a variety of ecological issues including habitat loss/degradation, water quality, and over-harvest. The North American Freshwater…

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