Archive for October 2016

TSA Announces Grand Opening of the Tortoise Conservation Center in Southern Madagascar

by Howard Goldstein  As the tortoise poaching crisis in southern Madagascar reaches epidemic proportions, good news there is hard to come by.  However the official opening of the TSA’s Tortoise Conservation Center (TCC) on 7 October 2016 emerged as a beacon of hope for the beleaguered Radiated Tortoise (Astrochelys radiata). The TCC is a partnership between…

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Assurance Colony for Eyed Turtles Brings Hope in Myanmar

by Kalyar Platt  Earlier this month the TSA/WCS Myanmar Turtle Team transferred 24 Burmese Eyed Turtles (Morenia ocellata) to a recently established assurance colony near Bago, about 45 miles north of Yangon.  The turtles had originally been rescued by Win Ko Ko from a monastery pond in Rakhine State.  The turtles immediately took to their new…

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Ultrasound Exams Predict Breakout Year for Hicatee Hatchlings in 2017

by Howard Goldstein  The Hicatee Conservation and Research Center (HCRC) is a joint project of the TSA and the Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE). The Center is located on the grounds of BFREE in southern Belize.  On 17-19 September, members of the TSA joined BFREE staff in Belize in performing annual health checks…

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NAFTRG Autumn Surveys

by Eric Munscher  In mid-September the Turtle Survival Alliance’s North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (TSA-NAFTRG) conducted another exploratory survey of several southeastern/south-central Pennsylvania stream and wetland communities for a new potential long-term chelonian research site. With the focal species and habitat requirements being that of the North American Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta), this potential study…

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UPDATE – NAFTRG Florida Sampling

by Chris Clark  Not all of the NAFTRG sampling events have succombed to hurricane Matthew! ——————We will be moving ahead with the Weeki Wachee Sampling THIS WEEKEND!!  We will meet at Weeki Wachee Park by 3:30 on FRIDAY at the lagoon beach and hope to get into the water after the last mermaid show between 3:30 and 4:00. We will…

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