Posts by Jordan Gray

BFREE and TSA Celebrate Hicatee Awareness Month!

By Heather Barrett The Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE), Turtle Survival Alliance, and our partners are thrilled to celebrate the 3rd Annual Hicatee Awareness Month this October! Throughout the month, activities and events will celebrate the beloved Central American River Turtle (Dermatemys mawii) – locally known as the hicatee. We have lots…

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Tragedy Befalls TSA’s Tortoise Conservation Center in Madagascar

For Immediate Release September 28, 2019 Tsihombe, Madagascar – Tragedy has struck the TSA’s Tortoise Conservation Center (TCC), the lynchpin of TSA’s efforts to prevent the extinction of the Radiated Tortoise from the wilds of Madagascar. Early Thursday morning, a fire broke out in the main office and living quarters of our senior staff there. With…

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In Search of Tennessee Bog Turtles

By Nathan Haislip In the mountains of northeastern Tennessee where football fans bleed orange and the moonshine flows like water, lives a reclusive reptile, the Bog Turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii). Bog turtles have an incredibly fragmented range from Upstate New York to northern Georgia and were first discovered to occur in Tennessee the year I was…

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¡Vivan las tortugas de México!

This past week, TSA’s Director of Animal Management, Cris Hagen, visited the states of Durango and Coahuila, Mexico, to familiarize himself with the status of turtle conservation in the north-central region of the country. Spending four days alongside Gamaliel Castaneda, Dean of Biology, University of Juárez in the State of Durango, as well as professors…

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Impressed Tortoise Discovered in India!

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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Our Turtles Need a New Ride!

The Turtles and Tortoises at the Turtle Survival Center need a new ride! The time is drawing nigh for us to replace our Turtle Survival Center work truck. It will be missed, as it has served us well. Do YOU have a truck or van that could serve the needs of some of the world’s most…

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Unlocking the Key to Diapause Increases Hatching Success for the Crowned River Turtle

By Arunima Singh, Shailendra Singh, Rishika Dubla, and Jordan Gray A total of 68 hatchling Crowned River Turtles (Hardella thurjii) recently hatched at the Kukrail Gharial Rehabilitation Centre (KGRC) in Lucknow, India, as part of a joint project between Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) / Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)-India and the Uttar Pradesh Forest and Wildlife…

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TSA’s 10 Ways YOU Can Help Turtles on World Turtle Day®!

1. Help a turtle cross the road! Nesting season has begun and turtles will likely be crossing a road near you. Safely move the turtle to the other side of the road in the direction it was heading. 2. Support or start a local turtle conservation project near you! There are 469 types of turtles…

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TSA’s 10 Ways YOU Can Help Turtles For Earth Week!

1. Help a turtle cross the road! It’s springtime and turtles will likely be crossing a road near you. Safely move the turtle to the other side of the road in the direction it was heading. 2. Support or start a local turtle conservation project near you! There are 469 types of turtles and tortoises…

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Wildlife Conservationists Remain Steadfast In Efforts To Prevent Extinction of the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle

New York, April 17, 2019 — Steadfast efforts continue to prevent the extinction of the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei), even with the news that the last known female of the species died on Saturday, April 13, 2019. The 90-year-old plus female turtle died during recovery from anesthesia after an artificial insemination procedure in Suzhou,…

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