Archive for December 2015

Suspects Arrested in Thailand for Theft of Burmese Tortoises

by Admin  Two suspects have been arrested in Thailand in connection with the sale of critically endangered Burmese star tortoises on Facebook, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA). Seven tortoises were confiscated from the home of one of the suspects upon his arrest on December 22 in Khon Khaen Province, in…

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Poaching Surges in Madagascar

by Howard Goldstein and Herilala Randriamahazo  By the end of 2014, the Turtle Survival Alliance lead conservation initiatives in southern Madagascar were showing sufficient success against the poaching crisis that there was very real reason to announce the cautious hope that the tide was now turning in favor of tortoises. One year later in the final weeks…

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Surprises—and Successes—for the Hicatee Breeding Program in Belize

by Howard Goldstein  Ranked among the list of the Top 25 Most Endangered chelonian species in the world, the Central American river turtle—also known as the Hicatee—is threatened throughout its range by over-harvest in the wild as a food source. The TSA believes that any species ranked critically endangered (IUCN Red List) should have a captive…

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