India Celebrates World Turtle Day

by Heather Lowe  TSA India celebrated World Turtle Day in a big way! Events were organized across various TSA conservation projects sites to mark the occasion and to raise awareness about turtles. The TSA conducted a “Turtle Safari,” in which 25 participants from different parts of the country traveled to the Chambal River to visit the…

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Spotted Pond Turtles Rescued in India

by Heather Lowe  On 15 May, 155 Spotted Pond Turtles (Geoclemys hamiltonii) were confiscated in the Auraiya district of India. The turtles were discovered as a result of a car crash involving the smugglers. The range officer from the National Chambal Sanctuary in Etawah, Mr. Suresh Chandra Rajput, was notified of the seizure and his team…

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Storm Damages Turtle Enclosure in India

by Heather Lowe  In April, Lucknow, India experienced a massive thunderstorm. As a result, many trees were uprooted at the Turtle and Gharial Breeding Centre at Kukrail. Most of the trees fell in open areas and ponds which house breeding gharials and crocodiles, which will require extensive cleanup. However, the most significant damage was done to…

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Record Nesting for Burmese Roof Turtle

by Rick Hudson  The joint Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) / Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) field team recently returned from the Upper Chindwin River in Myanmar where one of the world’s most critically endangered turtles is making a remarkable recovery. Feared extinct until “rediscovered” in 2002, when three specimens were found in a pagoda pond, the Burmese…

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Endangered River Terrapins Nesting in Bangladesh

by Rick Hudson  Throughout Asia, nesting season is just concluding for river terrapins (genus Batagur), where five of the six known species struggle to survive. All species have been reduced to remnants of their former numbers, and intensive recovery programs are being spearheaded to ensure their survival. In Bangladesh, one of the world’s rarest turtles, the Sundarbans…

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Ploughshare Tortoises Among Shipment of 521 Seized at Ivato Airport in Madagascar

Herilala Randriamahazo (Director, TSA Madagascar) reported another large tortoise confiscation this week at the Ivato airport in Antananarivo. On Sunday, May 11, 521 tortoises – all juveniles – were seized prior to being loaded on a Kenya Aiways flight to Nairobi; the smuggler ran away when his name was called by the information desk and was not…

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Conserving River Terrapins in a Tiger Reserve

by Heather Lowe  The Turtle Survival Alliance-India (TSA India) Turtle Conservation Program and the West Bengal Forest Department (WBFD) have been working in partnership in an effort to save the critically endangered Sundarban, or Northern, river terrapin (Batagur baska) from extinction. In 2008, TSA India inspected the Batagur pond at Sajnekhali at the Tiger Reserve headquarters, and captured…

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