Archive for June 2016

Quarantine Building Nearing Completion

by Admin  We are pleased to announce that the new Quarantine (QT) facility will soon be completed and operational at TSC. As a major breeding center dedicated to the long term species survival of the populations of over two dozen endangered turtle species, this new facility will greatly expand the Center’s ability to properly quarantine incoming…

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Breeding Season is in Full Swing at the TSC

by Admin  Winter was very mild and spring seemed to arrive early in South Carolina in 2016. Numerous turtles were mating in March and April, with many species at the Turtle Survival Center (TSC) nesting about two weeks earlier this year than during the previous two years. June and July are the peaks of egg laying…

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River Terrapins Hatch Throughout Asia

by Rick Hudson  Throughout Asia, from remote nesting beaches to captive breeding facilities, River Terrapins (genus Batagur) have recently completed their hatching season. The accounts below summarize information from the countries where TSA works on Batagur recovery programs including India, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. The River Terrapins (Batagur) comprise six species of large, impressive, and at…

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TSA Expands Turtle Rescue Program in Myanmar

by Rick Hudson  On May 14, a ceremony was held to dedicate the expansion of the Turtle Rescue Center (TRC) near May Myo. Organized by the TSA and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and attended by more than 80 Forest Department officials and workers, policemen and border inspectors, the event was highlight by a ceremonial passing of…

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Ground breaking procedure gives new hope for the survival of Rafetus

by Howard Goldstein, Rick Hudson and Paul Calle On April 7, 2016 Dr. Gerald Kuchling (TSA) performed for the first time that we know of a surgical artificial insemination (AI) procedure on a reptile. This innovative procedure was a historic attempt to save the world’s most critically endangered turtle, the Yangtze Giant Softshell (Rafetus swinhoei). The…

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