Turtle News of the Decade!

Rafetus swinhoei Yangtze Giant Softshell

World’s Most Endangered Turtle Gets Some Good News In 2020 Scientists release genetic results confirming a female turtle captured in October 2020 in Viet Nam is definitively the near extinct Swinhoe’s Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) – also known as the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle and Hoan Kiem Turtle Discovery means at least one male and…

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Critically Endangered Black Softshells Return to the Wild

For the first time ever, juvenile headstarted Black Softshell Turtles (Nilssonia nigricans) from Nagshankar Temple’s captive adult population were released into the wild—22 of them in all. Saucer-shaped and adorned with peacock spots, these youngsters are the wild future for this, one of the world’s most endangered turtles. Regarded, until recently, as Extinct in the…

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Saving Turtles and a Culture, One Thread at a Time

By Arpita Dutta and Jordan Gray The Brahmaputra Floodplain of Northeast India represents one of the most important regions for turtle diversity on Earth. Here, waters originating from the Tibetan Himalayas flow through various ecoregions, bringing vital nutrients, and carving a path that shapes the environment and its inhabitants, both animal and human. As unique…

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U.S. Government Provides Critical Support to the Turtle Survival Alliance

For Immediate Release December 01, 2020U.S. Embassy Madagascar/USAID MadagascarPhone: +261/20-23-48000 x 2584 | AntananarivoPress@state.gov Phone: +261/20-23-48000 x 2730 | agklei@usaid.gov U.S. Government Provides Critical Support to the Turtle Survival Alliance$150,000 grant will ensure the survival of more than 24,000 confiscated tortoises ANTANANARIVO – The COVID-19 pandemic threatens more than the health and livelihoods of Madagascar’s…

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