Commentary: South Carolina Must Tighten State Laws to Protect Turtles

09 November 2019 | 0 Comments

BY ELISE BENNETT (Center for Biological Diversity) and JORDAN GRAY (Turtle Survival Alliance) Each year, tens of thousands of live turtles are stolen from America’s woodlands and waterways and shipped overseas as pets or for meat. And with lax laws against harvest, South Carolina is a haven for turtle snatchers. State wildlife officials recently saved…

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Art Auction for the Turtle Survival Alliance’s Tortoise Conservation Center in Madagascar

01 November 2019 | 2 Comments

Radical Radiated, an original art quilt, has been crafted and donated by Joanna Ellis to raise funds for the rebuilding of the Turtle Survival Alliance’s Tortoise Conservation Center (TCC),  our central base of operations in southern Madagascar.  The TCC is the linchpin in TSA’s effort to restore depleted populations or Radiated Tortoises with animals seized…

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Zoos of Northeast India Protect Asian Black Giant Tortoise

21 October 2019

“This breeding success has not only brought us hope but has allowed us to learn more insight into replicating this program in other zoos in North-east India. The project team simultaneously carried out the reconnaissance survey of historic habitats of Manouria emys [phayrei] in the state of Nagaland. Till date, we have delineated two potential reintroduction sites –…

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Saving the World’s Rarest Freshwater Terrapin

20 October 2019

-Peoples Trust for Endangered Species- PTES has been supporting Shailendra Singh, who works for Turtle Survival Alliance India, to tackle the threats facing these animals for a few years. Shai contacted us last week to say that in general work is going well. They started a captive breeding programme a few years ago with just…

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Box Turtles In Peril From Black Market Madness

19 October 2019

A law enforcement arrest of an illegal box turtle smuggler in South Carolina crawled to the top of the headlines in September.  “We work with 118 species of turtles and tortoises around the world, including 20 of the Top 25 most endangered turtles. The illegal trade of the Eastern box turtle is a hot topic…

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New ID Tools to Help Curb Illegal Trade of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles in India Launched

12 October 2019

New Delhi: TRAFFIC, the Turtle Survival Alliance India (TSA-India) and WWF-India have created new identification (ID) tools in the form of pocket-sized Identification Cards and a foldable Poster on all 28 species of tortoises and freshwater turtles found in India to help enforcement officers identify the species encountered in illegal wildlife trade. The ID tools’…

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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