Archive for October 2015

Good News from the Philippines

by Heather Lowe  To the TSA’s many supporters, especially those that closely followed the Palawan Forest Turtle confiscation that dominated our summer, I want to share the following “wrap up” summary from Sabine Schoppe of the Katala Foundation. Her report is upbeat and positive: only six turtles remain in care, overall mortality was surprisingly low at 11.5%, and…

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Tracking Arakan Forest Turtles in Myanmar

by Admin  As is often the case, the Rakhine Yoma Elephant Sanctuary (RYER) in Myanmar provides refuge for a number of species beyond elephants. Here, a population of secretive Arakan Forest Turtles (Heosemys depressa) is providing clues to the species natural history that will prove valuable for conservation efforts in the future. Hein Htet Lwin, a…

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TSA Program Recognized in India

by Heather Lowe TSA-India was recently recognized for their conservation efforts by the state government of Uttar Pradesh. Dr. Shailendra Singh, Program Director for TSA-India, accepted the award on behalf of the team during a ceremony which concluded Indian National Wildlife Week. TSA-India was nominated for their notable achievements this year including the successful repatriation and…

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Anyone Can Volunteer!

by Christine Bowie  You don’t have to be a researcher or a biologist to volunteer with the North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (NAFTRG). Are you a strong swimmer? Don your wetsuit, fins and snorkel for capturing turtles in the water. Do you love turtles and the outdoors, but aren’t crazy about swimming? Volunteer to collect…

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Tortoises Rescued in Madagascar

by Christine Bowie  The Turtle Survival Alliance was recently called on to assist in the rescue and rehabilitation of 771 critically endangered tortoises, confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade in Madagascar. The seizure, which consisted of Radiated (Astrochelys radiata) and Ploughshare (A. yniphora) Tortoises took place on September 28 when customs officials at the Ivato Airport…

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Historic Rain Event Floods the Turtle Survival Center

by Heather Lowe While spared the full fury of Hurricane Joaquin, South Carolina has been inundated with historic levels of rain over the past weekend. Unprecedented rainfall levels were recorded in the Charleston Metro Area, including the Turtle Survival Center in Berkeley County, in what has been called a slow-motion rain disaster. As stormy weather settled,…

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