Painting a Picture of Progress in North Sumatra

By Jordan Gray and Joko Guntoro Each December, following the annual commencement of monsoon season in northern Sumatra, Joko Guntoro leads teams from the Satucita Foundation and Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BBKSDA) as they comb provincial beaches of Aceh and North Sumatra in search of telltale footprints. The tracks are those of female Painted Terrapins…

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Species Spotlight: Painted Terrapin

Painted Terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) Countries of Origin: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand IUCN Status: Critically Endangered Habitat: Fresh and brackish water tidal rivers, mangrove forests, brackish estuaries, and the coastal marine zone Size:  Males ≤ 45 cm (~18 in.)  Females ≤ 76 cm (~30 in.) Fast Facts: – Common names include Painted Terrapin, Saw-jawed Turtle, Painted Batagur, Three-striped Batagur,…

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TSA Celebrates World Wetlands Day in the Best Way

by Sushmita Kar and Jordan Gray Two weeks ago in Northeast India, one of the world’s newer wetlands was the recipient of a celebratory return to the wild for one of the most endangered turtles on the planet. On the auspicious occasion of World Wetlands Day, February 2, 2022, TSA India Program, Assam Forest Department,…

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