China and Vietnam to Cooperate on Saving World’s Rarest Turtle

CHINA AND VIETNAM TO COOPERATE ON SAVING THE WORLD’S RAREST TURTLE For Immediate Release July 30th, 2018 Charleston, South Carolina – The Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei), one of the rarest animals on Earth, may have been given a reprieve from extinction this week with the announcement that Vietnam and China may work to cooperate…

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Breakout Year for Burmese Roofed Turtles

by Jordan Gray  Yangon, Myanmar—TSA-Myanmar Director Kalyar Platt announced that this year’s hatching season for the critically endangered Burmese Roofed Turtle (Batagur trivittata) was record-breaking! At the recent conclusion of the hatching season, 223 of the grayish-green hatchlings had been produced between two of Myanmar’s four conservation facilities for the species. A hatchling Burmese Roofed Turtle…

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Historic Confiscation of Radiated Tortoises, Phase II: Transition to long-term care facility is complete

Radiated Tortoise

by Jordan Gray  A large juvenile Radiated Tortoise sits beside the commemorative stone placed at our Itampolo tortoise facility. On a late June morning, 62 days after the nearly 10,000 Radiated Tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) were seized from wildlife traffickers in Toliara, Madagascar, a large green truck departed the SOPTOM-CRCC “Village des Tortues” in Ifaty. Contained within…

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