Archive for April 2015

NAFTRG Celebrates 16 Years of Sampling in Florida

by Eric Munscher  The North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (NAFTRG) kicked off its sixteenth year of sampling in Florida at Ichetucknee Springs on March 21-22.  The NAFTRG had members from Pennsylvania, Washington, and Georgia (Jekyll Island) join forces once again with a devoted team of researchers from Santa Fe College lead by Dr. Jerry Johnston…

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Making More Friends at the TSC

by Heather Lowe  The TSC recently hosted a number of special visitors. Consulting veterinarian Dr. Terry Norton of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center was joined by Dr. Sam Rivera, Associate Veterinarian at Zoo Atlanta. The vets teamed up to perform endoscopic sexing on a group of Spider Tortoises (Pyxis a.brygooi). The doctors were assisted by Christi…

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Burmese Roofed Turtles Return to the Wild

by Steve Platt (WCS Myanmar)  Kalyar Platt (TSA Myanmar) and I returned to Yangon this week after spending two and a half months undertaking what can only be described as one of the most rewarding experiences of our professional careers – the reintroduction of 60 head-started Burmese Roofed Turtles (Batagur trivittata) into two rivers in western…

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Females dominate the conservation colony of Northern River Terrapin in India

by Heather Lowe  We’ve received good news regarding the future of the Critically Endangered Northern River Terrapin, Batagur baska. Dr. Gerald Kuchling, renowned turtle reproductive physiologist from Chelonia Enterprise, recently supervised the laproscopic sexing of captive juvenile turtles at TSA’s program site in India. Dr. Kuchling’s finding, that the  majority of the animals was female, is significant…

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