Archive for July 2018

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

by Jordan Gray  For Immediate Release July 30, 2018 CHINA AND VIETNAM TO COOPERATE ON SAVING THE WORLD’S RAREST TURTLE 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…

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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

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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