Archive for March 2016

Turtle Surveys Conducted in Comal Springs, Texas

by Admin  The North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (NAFTRG) recently conducted their annual February sample of the Comal Springs in New Braunfels, Texas. As always, a dedicated team of volunteers made the survey possible. A variety of institutions of learning, research, and conservation represented on this survey included the Houston Zoo, SeaWorld, Fort Worth Zoo,…

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New Burmese Roofed Turtle Assurance Colony Established in February

by Steve Platt (WCS Myanmar)  The WCS/TSA Turtle Team recently established a third Burmese Roofed Turtle (Batagur trivittata) assurance colony at an outpost of the Htamanthi Wildlife Sanctuary in the riverside hamlet of Htamanthi, Myanmar. With less than 10 adults remaining in the wild, the Burmese Roofed Turtle is considered the second-most endangered species of turtle…

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Northern River Terrapins Released in the Sunderbans

by Shailendra Singh  The northern river terrapin (Batagur baska) is one of the world’s most endangered turtles with fewer than 50 adults at four captive locations and very little evidence of surviving wild specimens. The Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), in partnership with the West Bangal Forest Department, has been managing a conservation breeding program for this…

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Nest Patrols Benefit Painted Terrapins in Indonesia

by Joko Guntoro  The three-month nesting season for the painted terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) is just ending. During that time, the nesting patrols spearheaded by the Satucita Foundation and the Agency of Natural Resources Conservation (BKSDA) Province Aceh (and supported by local volunteer fishermen) successfully saved and incubated 898 painted terrapin eggs from 55 nests. Additionally, the team…

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