Saving the World's Most Endangered Turtles and Tortoises

Coordinating Global Response to Confiscation Events

The TSA has made a bold commitment:


Zero Turtle Extinctions

in the 21st Century

“It’s the First Time Any Western Chelonian Researchers have Encountered Forsten’s Tortoises in the Wild!” 

05 February 2019 | 0 Comments

  Christine Light (Sulawesi Chelonian Conservation Program Coordinator) and Cris Hagen (TSA’s Turtle Survival Center Director of Animal Management) are currently on Sulawesi Island, Indonesia conducting surveys for endemic chelonians. Their counterparts from Tadulako University (UNTAD) in Central Sulawesi, Dr. Jusri Nilawati and Dr. Fadly Y. Tantu have found Forsten’s Tortoises in the wild before. Christine…

Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Connect Magazine: “We’re In This Together, Combatting Turtle Trafficking”

04 February 2019 | 0 Comments

By Mary Ellen Collins “I’m tired of crisis management,” said Rick Hudson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) in Charleston South Carolina. It was late October and Hudson had just returned from Madagascar where 7,347 Radiated Tortoises had been confiscated, just six months after the record-breaking seizure of 10,976 of…

Rescuing Reptiles in Myanmar (Smithsonian National Zoo Animal News)

02 February 2019 | 0 Comments

In Myanmar, reptiles are rapidly disappearing—the result of poaching and other threats. The good news: all hope is not lost for critically endangered turtles. Rescue facilities across the country, supported by the Turtle Survival Alliance, are working to save these species from extinction…….. Click HERE for the rest from the Smithsonian Zoo’s Animal News!

Illicit Trade in Indian Flapshell Turtles Amounts to Crisis for TSA-India

31 January 2019 | 0 Comments

Our TSA-India program is in crisis management mode, and for one sole reason: wildlife trafficking. Nearly 9,000 turtles representing 7 species have been intercepted from wildlife traffickers in the last two months by the law enforcement authorities of Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, India. One species in particular is taking the brunt of this illicit…

Faces of the TSA Vol. 17

31 January 2019 | 0 Comments

Who: Rishika Dubla What: Senior Project Officer Where: Terai Project, Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh   How did you first become involved in turtle and tortoise conservation in India? In 2016, I moved back to India from the United Kingdom in search of wildlife related jobs after finishing a degree in Biological Sciences from Oxford University. I…