by Heather Lowe  The Sundarbans Batatgur or Northern River Terrapin (Batagur baska) is generally considered to be functionally extinct in thewild, with no known nesting populations remaining. However, two  juveniles were recently caught by fishermen in Bangladesh! A small field team, led by Rupali Ghosh, was traveling in the south of Bangladesh this June to investigate…

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by Heather Lowe  To commemorate World Biodiversity Day on 22 May 2013, the TSA-India Turtle Conservation Program and Uttar Pradesh Forest Department jointly organized an awareness program in the Garhaita Turtle Survival Centre at Garhaita village, Etawah. This program was a success – hosting 75 participants of all ages from the village of Garhaita. Guests were…

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by Heather Lowe  TSA India, in cooperation with the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust (MCBT) and the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department (MPFD), operates a headstart facility for the Red-Crowned Roof Turtle (Batagur kachuga) in Morena known as the Deori Eco-Centre. The headstarting program, which has been in operation for about 9 years, aims to enhance natural recruitment in endangered…

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by Heather Lowe  The TSA is thrilled to announce that a verdict has been reached in a tortoise smuggling case in Madagascar from July 2011 (click here for the story). One of the smugglers arrested, along with three accomplices, were sentenced this week to two years in prison and a fine equivalent to $574,000 USD. This is…

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by Heather Lowe  For the second consecutive year the world’s known population of the Northern River Terrapin, or Sundarbans Batagur (Batagur baska), has more than doubled. Last year we reported on our first significant breeding successes of this critically endangered turtle, with 50 hatchlings produced at TSA supported breeding facilities in both Bangladesh and India (click…

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