Archive for May 2017

Batagur Bonanza!

by Jordan Gray Red-crowned Roofed Turtle (India).For 5 species from the genus of riverine turtles Batagur, the second week of May has seen a bonanza of hatching activity! On Monday, 8 May, from India to Cambodia, a phenomenon like no other was observed as we received reports from our range-country programs and TSA partners of the year’s…

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Species Spotlight Vol. 4

by Jordan Gray  Photo by Sheena KoethHome’s Hinge-back Tortoise (Kinixys homeana) Countries of Origin: Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, and in the Democratic Republic of Congo IUCN Status: Recommended for Critically Endangered Estimated surviving population: Unknown/Declining Habitat: Equatorial tropical and subtropical forests of varying types including lowland evergreen forests, forested swamps, dry forests bordering mangrove…

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Rafetus swinhoei Update, May 2017

TSA and partners coordinate a third artificial insemination attempt of the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle in China By Dr. Gerald Kuchling Semen collection by electro-ejaculation and artificial insemination of the last pair of Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) in China unfortunately did not produce any fertilized eggs in 2015 and 2016, therefore we continue to…

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Faces of the TSA Vol. 4

by Jordan Gray  Who: Dr. Shailendra Singh What: Director, TSA-India Program Where: Lucknow, India Jordan Gray: What is your earliest childhood memory with a turtle or tortoise? Shailendra Singh: At nine years of age, I acquired and kept two Indian Tent Turtles (Pangshura tentoria), “Tom and Tinky”, as pets. At the time, I was living in a village called…

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