Archive for December 2017

Fine Tuning the Strategy to Save Madagascar’s Iconic Radiated Tortoise

by Jordan Gray With the impending rainy season looming and an outbreak of pneumonic plague quickly becoming an epidemic on the island nation of Madagascar, Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) President Rick Hudson and Utah Hogle Zoo’s (UHZ) Christina Castellano had little time to waste this October. On October 9th, after having received last-minute doses of doxycycline…

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Species Spotlight Vol. 12

by Jordan Gray Radiated Tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) Countries of Origin: Madagascar IUCN Status: Critically Endangered Estimated surviving population: Declining rapidly Habitat: Xeric spiny forests, sandy coastal scrub, and rocky coastal outrcoppings of the limestone-based Mahafaly and Karimbola plateaus of southwestern Madagascar. Biology and Habits: Radiated Tortoises are most active during the morning hours of 6:30 – 10:00 AM and late afternoon…

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Faces of the TSA! Volume 12

by Jordan Gray Who: Christina Castellano What: Vice President & Chief Science Officer, Utah’s Hogle Zoo Where: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Jordan Gray: What is your earliest childhood memory with a turtle or tortoise? Christina Castellano: I was born in the Bronx and grew up just north of Manhattan. Like most city dwellers, my love of animals started with…

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