In Myanmar, we are witnessing historic conservation success for a smiling turtle once feared extinct. Recently dubbed “the turtle with the permanent smile” by numerous acclaimed news outlets, the Burmese Roofed Turtle (Batagur trivittata) is doing everything in its power to endure, with the help of a few committed organizations, and a lot of passionate…

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“This is one of the best global-level turtle conservation successes we have.” – Rick Hudson, President, Turtle Survival Alliance “We came so close to losing them,” said Steven G. Platt, a herpetologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society. “If we didn’t intervene when we did, this turtle would have just been gone.” READ THE FULL NEW…

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By Rick Hudson I vividly recall our August 2010 Board meeting in Orlando. On that single day the TSA made – at the time – the most impactful and far-reaching decisions in our nine-year history. We agreed to hire three full-time positions: Director of Animal Management (Cris Hagen), Turtle Conservation Coordinator for Myanmar (Kalyar Platt),…

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