Archive for August 2017

Critically Endangered Magdalena River Turtles released in Colombia

By Jordan Gray, Igor Valencia, German Forero-Medina, and Natalia Gallego Magdalena River Turtles hatch in their incubation chamber. On 19 May 2017, over 1,000 Critically Endangered Magdalena River Turtle (Podocnemis lewyana) hatchlings were released into the muddy waters of the Sinú River in northwestern Colombia. The release event was attended by hundreds of locals from…

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Faces of the TSA Vol. 9

by Jordan Gray  Who: Grover Brown What: Ph.D. student, University of Southern Mississippi Where: Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA Jordan Gray: What is your earliest childhood memory with a turtle or tortoise? Grover Brown: Truthfully, it’s hard to remember a time in my life when I wasn’t infatuated by turtles!  The evidence however dates back to a photo of a three or…

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Tricarinate Hill Turtles Rescued and Released

By Dr. Shailendra Singh, Jordan Gray, Arunima Singh, and Rishika Dubla Turtle trade is a serious problem in the northern states of India, and at crisis-level in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The TSA-India program has been working relentlessly with local law enforcement, the Forestry and Wildlife Department, and a Special Task Force to curb…

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Species Spotlight Vol. 8

by Jordan Gray  Arakan Forest Turtle (Heosemys depressa) Countries of Origin:   Bangladesh and Myanmar IUCN Status:   Critically Endangered Estimated surviving population:   Unknown Habitat:   Moist, tropical and subtropical broadleaf and bamboo evergreen forests of the Rakhine and Chin Hills of the Rakhine State of Myanmar, and the Chittagong Hills Tract of the Chittagong Division of Bangladesh. Habits:   A terrestrial species, very little…

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Behler Turtle Conservation Award presented to Peter Paul van Dijk

by Jordan Gray This year the 12th annual Behler Award for Turtle Conservation celebrates and honors Peter Paul van Dijk for his quarter-century of dedication to turtle science and conservation! The Turtle Survival Alliance and Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group are honored to be joined again this year by the Turtle Conservancy and the Turtle…

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Asian Spiny Turtle hatches at the TSC!

by Jordan Gray  We are excited to announce the hatching of an endangered Asian Spiny Turtle (Heosemys spinosa) on 21 July 2017 at our Turtle Survival Center in Cross, South Carolina! The Spiny Turtle is a semi-aquatic species native to the tropical forests of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Having been subjected to heavy…

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Yellow-margined Box Turtles hatch at the TSC!

by Jordan Gray  We are excited to announce the hatching of 6 endangered Yellow-margined Box Turtles (Cuora f. flavomarginata) at our Turtle Survival Center in Cross, South Carolina! The two currently recognized subspecies of the semi-aquatic Yellow-margined Box Turtle (Cuora f. flavomarginata and Cuora f. evelynae) are native to the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, and the Ryukyu…

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Faces of the TSA Vol. 8

by Jordan Gray  Who: John Greene What: Private Hobbyist Where: San Diego, California, USA Jordan Gray: What is your earliest childhood memory with a turtle or tortoise? John Greene: When I was a child growing up in Upstate New York, my grandparents had a house at a lake, and I would spend the summers on the lake. At about the…

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