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

Rote Island Snake-necked Turtles Hatch at the TSC

12 March 2019 | 2 Comments

By Cris Hagen The Turtle Survival Center is proud to announce its first ever captive breeding of the critically endangered Rote Island Snake-necked Turtle (Chelodina mccordi). The success of this reproduction is particularly important to the studbook management of this species because it represents a completely new bloodline to the captive population. The male and female were imported…

Team Effort Progresses Conservation for the Southern River Terrapin in Cambodia

12 March 2019 | 1 Comment

By Clinton Doak, Andrew Walde, and Jordan Gray The Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Center (KKRCC) in Koh Kong Province, Cambodia, officially opened in November 2017. Begun as an initiative of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and The Royal Government of Cambodia’s Fisheries Administration (FiA), this facility is the only of its kind for breeding and…

A Special Moment in Time with the World’s Rarest Turtle

12 March 2019 | 13 Comments

By Clinton Doak When asked, many people will tell you that the happiest day of their lives is either their wedding day or the day their children were born. Truly momentous events in our life are few and far between, and, for some of us, a unique wildlife encounter can certainly rank as equally life-changing.…

Riverbanks Zoo and the TSA partnering for Sulawesi Forest Turtles (WIS NEWS 10)

02 March 2019 | 0 Comments

By Mary King | February 28, 2019 COLUMBIA, SC  – You’ve never seen them on exhibit, but for years Riverbanks Zoo has been working to help ensure the survival of a critically endangered turtle species. The species is called the Sulawesi Forest Turtle and is only found on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. (Continue…

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

05 February 2019 | 6 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…