Visiting the Batagur program in Bangladesh

by Heather Lowe  A team from the Turtle Survival Alliance recently visited Bhawal National Park in Bangladesh, home to one of the captive assurance colonies of the Sundarbans river terrapin (Batagur baska) that was assembled over the past few years. This colony is thriving and in 2013, for the second consecutive year, the world’s known population…

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Conservation Education Event Held in India

by Shai Singh  TSA India recently partnered with the Center for Environmental Education (CEE) to increase awareness about freshwater turtles, gharials and other freshwater fauna of northern India. This initiative was spearheaded in conjunction with the Endangered Species Project (Uttar Pradesh (UP) Forest Department) at the Kukrail Gharial Rehab Center, Lucknow. CEE-North conducted nature tours for…

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Turtle Research Course Conducted in Brazil

by R. Vogt  The 25th annual graduate level course on Field Methods for Conducting Research with Freshwater Turtles in the Brazilian Amazon was conducted October 1-12, 2013 with the financial support of Turtle Survival Alliance. This year, 15 students from diverse regions of Brazil and Portugal participated in the course, including five students who are conducting…

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Training a Conservation Canine in India

by Shai Singh  Eli, a female Labrador retriever, was procured by the TSA India team recently and is currently being trained as a conservation dog. Eventually, she will join field conservation crews to help find forest turtles, turtle nests and illegal turtle products in Tarai, near the Indo-Nepal border. Tarai (located near the Foothills of the…

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