Archive for November 2017

Species Spotlight Vol. 11

by Jordan Gray  Burmese Star Tortoise (Geochelone platynota) Countries of Origin: Myanmar IUCN Status: Critically Endangered Estimated surviving population: 14,000+ in assurance colonies and in situ sanctuaries. Habitat: Grasslands, scrub forest, and dry forests of the Central Dry Zone of Myanmar, also known as the Irrawaddy Dry Forests. Habits: Burmese Star Tortoises are most active in the early morning and late afternoon hours…

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Faces of the TSA! Volume 11

by Jordan Gray Who: Shane Boylan, DVM What: Chief Veterinarian, South Carolina Aquarium Where: Charleston, South Carolina, USA Jordan Gray: What is your earliest childhood memory with a turtle or tortoise? Shane Boylan: Like everyone, I’ve been watching/catching chelonia since I was little. When I was young, I toured North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Although not my…

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Tracking Burmese Stars

By Jordan Gray and Kalyar Platt The TSA, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and Myanmar Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation’s collaborative reintroduction of the critically endangered Burmese Star Tortoise (Geochelone platynota) into the wilds of Myanmar is developing into one of the great conservation success stories of our time. Burmese Star Tortoises patrol their…

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TSA-NAFTRG Field Update

by Jordan Gray  The professional and citizen scientists from the TSA’s North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (TSA-NAFTRG) immersed themselves in water bodies from Texas to Pennsylvania this late Summer and Fall to conduct sampling sessions for long-term population monitoring efforts. The third-quarter’s sampling season began with several springs in the Central and Big Bend regions…

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