Archive for October 2018

Radiated Tortoise Relief Effort Update

Since Saturday morning, TSA Madagscar lead veterinarian Dr. Ny Aina Tiana Rakotoarisoa and keepers Avimasy, José, and Tsito have been on the ground performing health assessments and providing medical and husbandry care for the more than 7,000 Radiated Tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) seized from wildlife traffickers in a remote village in southwestern Madagascar. With support from…

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Massive Radiated Tortoise Seizure

  For Immediate Release October 27, 2018   Charleston, South Carolina – It’s happened again. Only 6 months after more than 10,000 Radiated Tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) were seized in southwest Madagascar, we are heartbroken to announce the government of Madagascar has seized another mind-boggling 7,347 of the critically endangered animals from wildlife traffickers. Packed like sardines, the…

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Team Work Makes The Snapper Dream Work!

This past weekend, our TSA-North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (TSA-NAFTRG) performed their regular sampling for our long-term population monitoring and species distribution assessment for Western Alligator Snapping Turtles (Macrochelys temminckii) in southeast Texas, and boy, was it a doozy! Joined by Dr. Day Ligon of Missouri State University and Dr. Denise Thompson, the team,…

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The Hicatee Turtle – Belize’s National Treasure

Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE), Turtle Survival Alliance, and partners are once again observing October as Hicatee Awareness Month. Throughout the month, activities and events will celebrate the beloved Central American River Turtle (Dermatemys mawii) – locally known as the Hicatee. This year’s message encourages national pride of this rare and unique…

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Burmese Narrow-headed Softshell Turtles Hatch in Myanmar!

Yangon, Myanmar—TSA-Myanmar Director Kalyar Platt has announced the hatching of 67 Burmese Narrow-headed Softshell Turtles (Chitra vandijki) in Myanmar! A critically endangered species, the Burmese Narrow-headed Softshell is endemic to the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin River drainages of the country. On July 23rd, staff members of the TSA and Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) turtle conservation program in…

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