Archive for September 2015

Brewing up Something Special for Turtles

by Christine Bowie  The Turtle Survival Alliance recently teamed up with Holy City Brewing Company in a benefit titled, “Drink Beer. Save Turtles.” The event, held during Charleston Beer Week was a tremendous success, raising awareness of the plight of turtles worldwide. The TSA team from the Turtle Survival Center escorted Burmese mountain tortoise “ambassadors” throughout…

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Studying the reproductive ecology of the Toad-headed Turtle

by administrator  The Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), with support from Ecopetrol and the Santo Domingo Foundation, are studying Dahl’s Toad-headed Turtle (Mesoclemmys dahli) in the tropical dry forest of Colombia, one of the most threatened ecosystems in the country. First, the research will focus on estimating abundance of the species…

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Reproductive Assessments Conducted in Belize

by Rick Hudson  A TSA team recently assembled at the Hicatee Conservation and Research Center (HCRC) for the second round of husbandry evaluations and reproductive exams on our group of 25 Central American River Turtles, or Hicatee, Dermatemys mawii. Located at the Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE) in southern Belize, this tropical forest research station…

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Musk Turtle Data Needed

by Eric Munscher  The North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (NAFTRG) recently gave a presentation on demographic variation of the common musk turtle (Sternotherus odoratus) in the southeast United States in the presence of congeners. We presented preliminary data from sites in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Tennessee, and throughout Florida. We are looking for more data from…

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Rescued Batagur Nests Hatch in India

by Shai Singh  TSA’s nest protection program for endangered turtles on India’s Chambal River is in tenth year. To date, the program has been highly successful, protecting early life stages of two threatened species of turtles belonging to the genus Batagur – the Red-crowned Roof Turtle and the Three-striped Roof Turtle. The program began with thousands of hatchlings…

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