Archive for February 2018

Species Spotlight Vol. 14

by Jordan Gray  Southern River Terrapin (Batagur affinis) Countries of Origin: Cambodia, Indonesia (Sumatra, likely extirpated), Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore (reintroduced), Thailand (likely extirpated), and Vietnam (extirpated) IUCN Status: Critically Endangered Estimated surviving population: < 500 adults. Only two actively-protected nesting areas of value remain in the wild. Habitat: Large rivers, mangrove-bordered creeks, and coastal lagoons and estuaries. Biology and Habits: The…

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Painted Terrapins found in North Sumatra

by Jordan Gray Our partner Joko Guntoro of the Satucita Foundation reports that in the past two months, two female critically endangered Painted Terrapins (Batagur borneoensis) have been found in the province of North Sumatra, Indonesia. These two specimens are the first Painted Terrapins to be identified by the Satucita Foundation in the province. On 13…

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Faces of the TSA! Volume 14

Who: Jay Allen What: Owner, Aquarium Innovations Where: Monroe, Georgia, USA Jordan Gray: What is your earliest childhood memory with a turtle or tortoise? Jay Allen: Because my father served in the U.S. Military, my family traveled a great deal. This exposed me to a variety of animals at an early age. I first became interested in reptiles when…

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A ‘Royal’ Conservation Effort for Cambodia

By Andrew Walde A beautiful male captive-reared Southern River Terrapin eyes freedom on the shores of the Sre Ambel River. Credit: Mengey Eng/WCS On November 1, 2017, I left for a multi-week trip to Cambodia with Brian Horne, Coordinator of Freshwater Turtle and Tortoise Conservation, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). The purpose of this trip was…

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