Archive for February 2017

TSA Colombia Expansion

by Rick Hudson  TSA Expands Scope of Turtle Conservation Activities in Colombia Podocnemis expansa basking aggregate Photo courtesy of Gabriela Garza A TSA delegation recently returned from Colombia, having reviewed nearly the full scope of the joint Wildlife Conservation Society/Turtle Survival Alliance turtle conservation program there.  Rick Hudson (President/CEO) and new Board member Tim Gregory were hosted…

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NAFTRG Begins AST Assessment

by Jordan Gray  TSA-North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group Begins Alligator Snapping Turtle Population Assessment Carl Franklin with two large Alligator Snapping Turtles image courtesy Eric Munscher When they say “Everything’s Bigger in Texas” they aren’t kidding! With 34 native taxa of turtle and tortoise, Texas has more chelonian diversity than most countries. Of these 34 native…

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Species Spotlight Vol. 1

Jordan Gray  TSA Species Spotlight Magdalena River turtle (Podocnemis lewyana) Country of Origin: Colombia, South America (endemic) IUCN Status: Critically Endangered Estimated surviving population: Unknown/Declining Habitat: Turbid rivers and their tributaries of the Sinu, San Jorge, Cauca and Magdalena River drainages Size: Females ≤ 46 cm, Males ≤ 32 cm Factoid: This is the only Podocnemid turtle to naturally occur west…

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Faces of the TSA Vol.1

by Jordan Gray  The Turtle Survival Alliance is excited to bring you a new segment featuring the people who make the TSA great! Without dedicated researchers, conservationists, educators, husbandry technicians and so on, the TSA would not be able to fulfill its mission of “Zero Turtle Extinctions”. We think it is time to regularly introduce you do…

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