Breakout Year for India’s Narrow-Headed Softshell Turtle

by Heather Lowe  One of India’s most iconic and recognizable turtles, the Giant Narrow-headed softshell turtle (Chitra indica) hasbeen a primary focus of TSA India’s program since 2007.  Locating and protecting nests in the upper Ganges, Chambal and lower Yamuna river systems has resulted in thousands of hatchling being released that likely would have not survived. …

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Dr. Terry Norton Joins the Team at the TSC

by Heather Lowe  The TSA is pleased to announce that Dr. Terry M. Norton has joined the TSA team as consulting veterinarian for the Turtle Survival Center (TSC) in South Carolina. Terry has long been associated with the TSA and was one of the vet practitioners that worked with us during the big Hong Kong confiscation in…

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Turtle Rescue Center Opens in Madagascar

by Rick Hudson  The TSA Madagascar Program is pleased to announce that the first of four planned tortoise rescue centers in the south has been built at Ambovombe, the administrative capital of the Androy Region.   The native people –  known as Tandroy  – have traditionally held the strongest taboos (known as fady) against harming tortoises amongst…

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Turtle Confiscations in Myanmar

by Rick Hudson  The TSA’s new Turtle Rescue Center (TRC) in Myanmar is a busy place these days after the second recent confiscation of Yellow Tortoises (Indotestudo elongata).  A total of 136 tortoises have arrived at the TRC in two shipments in September, turned over by the Myanmar Forestry Department.  The tortoises are being treated by Dr.…

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