Archive for July 2015

The Calm After the Storm

by Rick Hudson  Where to start and how to summarize six weeks of whirlwind activity surrounding one of the most critical turtle confiscations that the turtle community has ever been called on to handle? First and foremost we want to say thanks to all of you for your support during the past six weeks. It has…

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Black Spotted Pond Turtles Released

by Heather Lowe  Turtle Survival Alliance–India along with the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department recently released 50 Black Spotted Pond Turtles (Geoclemys hamiltonii) into the Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary, one of the many wetlands of Northern India. The turtles were part of a large confiscation effort which resulted in more than 398 Spotted Pond Turtles being returned home…

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First Artificial Breeding Attempt for World’s Rarest Turtle Unsuccessful

by Heather Lowe  In early July, Gerald Kuchling, the chelonian reproductive biologist who led a team that attempted artificial insemination on the world’s last known female Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei), returned to the Suzhou Zoo in China to evaluate the eggs. Since the procedure was attempted, the female had laid two clutches of eggs,…

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Radiated Tortoises Seized in Madagascar

by Rick Hudson  TSA Madagascar continues to be called on to manage confiscations of tortoises, both at the international airport in Antananarivo and in the rural south. Program Director Herilala Randriamahazo reports that on 20 June, 453 baby Radiated Tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) were seized at the Ivato Airport, all packed in eight cloth bags, and crammed…

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