New at the National Zoo: Home’s Hinge-back Tortoises

04 August 2019

These animals came to the National Zoo from the Turtle Survival Alliance in South Carolina to participate in the Species Survival Plan. All are around 4 years old. Tortoises take a long time to become sexually mature, so we are quite a few years away from any breeding attempts. Read more HERE:

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Indonesia: East Nusa Tenggara Protects Critical Rote Island Habitat

11 July 2019

The Roti Island Snake-necked Turtle: Congratulations to East Nusa Tenggara for establishing the Rote Essential Ecosystem Areas in an effort to protect and reintroduce this iconic species! The designation of the three lakes (Peto, Lendoen and Ledulu) as KEE is a very good effort for the protection of the LAST FEASIBLE HABITAT of the Roti…

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Turtle Trouble on the Brahmaputra

05 July 2019

By Rishika Dubla and Shailendra Singh. Though the endangered Assam roofed turtle receives legal protection at par with the Bengal tiger, it is still poached for the illegal pet trade and its eggs collected for consumption. Read more from RoundGlass Sustain HERE.

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A total of 67 turtles from Nagaon Shivasthan Temple pond released into the wild

04 July 2019

TSA India’s Northeast team have been busy over the past five days conducting an operation transferring turtles from a temple pond at Nagaon Shiva Temple to the Burachapori Wildlife Sanctuary. The concrete pond held several species of freshwater turtles that were in suboptimal conditions, preventing them from being able to bask or nest. This operation…

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Impressed Tortoise Discovered in India!

25 June 2019 | 3 Comments

BIG NEWS FROM INDIA!  For the first time ever, the critically endangered Impressed Tortoise (Manouria impressa) has been found in India! Arunachal Pradesh Forest Department’s Range Officer Mr Bunty Tao locally rescued two tortoises from a hunter gatherer, which he photographed and sent to TSA program office for identification. A joint survey team of TSA India and Help earth…

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Study Says Conservation Efforts for the Giant South American River Turtle Have Protected 147,000 Females

25 June 2019

Rick Hudson, President of the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), believes that interest in protecting the charapa in South America comes at an opportune moment, as there are still robust populations of river turtles to protect; this is not the case in Asia, where many of turtle species have gone extinct. Hudson said: “The lesson is…

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