by Rick Hudson  For the third straight year, the survival prospects for one of the world’s most endangered freshwater turtles, the Sundarbans River Terrapin (Batagur baska), have improved substantially. Recently we reported on a flurry of nesting activity at the breeding center at Bhawal National Park in Bangladesh, where six females laid clutches of eggs, including a…

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by Heather Lowe  On the evening of June 2, Air Madagascar Flight MD 151 from Hahaya Airport returned 968 tortoises to Madagascar, after they were confiscated in the Comoros Islands. The group was comprised of all Radiated tortoises (Astrochelys radiata), with the exception of one Ploughshare tortoise (Astrochelys yniphora). All of them are juveniles and the…

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by Heather Lowe  A group of 12 turtles were seized in late May at the airport of Dakar LLS and assigned to the TSA Africa team by the CITES authorities of Senegal. The group was comprised of four African softshell turtles (Trionyx tringuis), four Home’s hinge-back tortoises (Kinixys homeana), two Serrated hinge-back tortoises (Kinixys erosa) and two…

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