Archive for July 2016

New Tortoise Conservation Center Offers New Hope to Thousands of Tortoises in Southern Madagascar

by Howard Goldstein, Rick Hudson and Christina Castellano  The unprecedented upsurge in tortoise poaching in Madagascar has seen TSA and its allies respond stronger than ever, with record numbers of confiscations at the Ivato International airport in Antananarivo and in villages throughout Madagascar. As thousands of endemic Radiated Tortoises (Astrochelys radiata), as well as Spider Tortoises…

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Rafetus Swinhoei Update

It is with great disappointment that TSA must report that the latest attempt to artificially inseminate the last known female Yangtze Giant Softshell Rafetus swinhoei, has proven unsuccessful. With only three known individuals remaining, two in captivity in China and one in a lake in Vietnam, R. swinhoei has the dubious distinction of being the…

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