Archive for April 2018

Update from Madagascar: 4/24/2018, Part 1 of 2

by Jordan Gray Ifaty, Madagascar – Update from Madagascar – April 24, 2018, Part 1 of 2. Yesterday, Monday, April 23, 2018 was the first day on-site for the team of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, husbandry specialists, pathologists, and communications specialists at SOPTOM-Villages des Tortues where the nearly 10,000 Radiated Tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) seized in a…

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Update from Madagascar – April 24, 2018, Part 2 of 2

by Jordan Gray  Ifaty, Madagascar – Update from Madagascar – April 24, 2018, Part 2 of 2. Immediately upon arrival, the over 1000 lbs. (484 kg) of medical supplies that were brought with our team from the United States were unpacked and organized so that the veterinary team could immediately begin evaluations and treatments for the…

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Update 3 from Madagascar

by Jordan Gray  Ifaty, Madagascar – TSA Madagascar is getting the job done as Team Radiata #1 nears arrival at Village des tortues. This, from Aina Tiana Rak-“Six local volunteers from different institutions joined us yesterday at Village des tortues. They helped to soak, build shelter houses, and distribute water for the tortoises!”! Helping hands for…

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Radiated Tortoise Press Release 2018

by Jordan Gray  For Immediate Release April 18, 2018 Turtle Survival Alliance Launches Rescue Mission to Nearly 11,000 Critically Endangered Radiated Tortoises Discovered in Massive Poaching Bust Animal experts from AZA-accredited Zoos and Aquariums Dispatched to Madagascar to Conduct the Rescue On Tuesday, April 10, more than 10,000 critically endangered Radiated Tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) were discovered by…

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Radiated Tortoise Seizure – Day 2

by Jordan Gray  Ifaty, Madagascar – Triage efforts are underway by our TSA-Madagascar staff and partners in the region for the nearly 10,000 Radiated Tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) seized from a single residence in Toliara on April 10th. All are being temporarily housed at “Villages de Tortues” in Ifaty while they receive initial in-processing, health evaluations, hydration,…

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World’s Rarest Turtle Discovered in Vietnam!

by Jordan Gray A photograph taken of the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle in Xuan Khanh Lake in May 2017. This photo however did not constitute clear evidence until a DNA sample could verify the species. Photo by: Nguyen Van Trong – ATP/IMC The Asian Turtle Program of Indo-Myanmar Conservation, Washington State University, and Turtle Survival…

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World’s Rarest Turtle Discovered in Vietnam!

The Asian Turtle Program of Indo-Myanmar Conservation, Washington State University, and Turtle Survival Alliance are very excited to announce the confirmation of a Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) living in a lake outside of Hanoi, Vietnam! The now-confirmed specimen increases the global population of the world’s rarest turtle, and unarguably one of the Earth’s…

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World’s Rarest Turtle Discovered in Vietnam!

by Jordan Gray  A photograph taken of the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle in Xuan Khanh Lake in May 2017. This photo however did not constitute clear evidence until a DNA sample could verify the species. Photo by: Nguyen Van Trong – ATP/IMC The Asian Turtle Program of Indo-Myanmar Conservation, Washington State University, and Turtle Survival Alliance…

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Monumental Radiated Tortoise Seizure!

by Jordan Gray  Breaking News – Nearly 11,000 Radiated Tortoises Seized in Madagascar! A confiscation of monumental proportions, and the largest for tortoises or freshwater turtles in the history of the Turtle Survival Alliance has occurred in Madagascar. On the night of April 10, 2018, TSA staff were alerted to a confiscation of 10,976 Radiated Tortoises…

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