Turtle Hatchlings Released in India

by Heather Lowe  On August 11, the TSA India team conducted a rescue operation to protect Chitra nests from an island that was at risk of being washed away by a flood in the Yamuna River. The nests were removed and successfully transported to the Garhaita Turtle Survival Centre (GTSC) for incubation. In early October, a total of…

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Star Tortoise Pre-Release Pens Built in Myanmar

by Heather Lowe  The Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) work together to conserve three of Myanmar’s critically endangered endemic turtles and tortoises. Since 2009, the TSA has been aggressively pursuing a conservation campaign to conduct field research, coordinate rescue operations for turtles confiscated from the wildlife trade, hold training workshops and…

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NAFTRG Conducts Surveys in Florida and Expands its Reach

by Eric Munscher  The 14th annual summer Florida park sampling occurred during late July despite extremely harsh weather and atypical conditions. The NAFTRG sampled Manatee Springs July 19-21, 2013. Prior to, and during, our visit to Manatee Springs,  the Suwannee River drainage area  was subjected to torrential rain. The Suwannee River swelled its banks and flooded…

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NAFTRG Receives Award for Turtle Work in Texas

by Eric Munscher  The North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (NAFTRG) sampled the Comal Springs in New Braunfels, Texas for the sixth time (third time in 2013) from September 20-22, 2013. Comal Springs is the headwaters to the Comal River and represents a very important ecological region in Texas. This area is an iconic site in…

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More Good News for River Terrapins in Bangladesh

by Heather Lowe  There is much reason to celebrate in Bangladesh with the recent discovery of TWO additional Sundarbans Batagur, or Northern River Terrapins (Batagur baska). The first was a healthy adult female that was discovered by Rupali Ghosh (TSA) in a private pond. This beautiful female was living on her own in the small village…

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