Commentary: South Carolina Must Tighten State Laws to Protect Turtles

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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Zoos of Northeast India Protect Asian Black Giant Tortoise

“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

-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

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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Tortoises and Freshwater Turtle Trade in India 2009-2019

-Over 11,000 tortoises and freshwater turtles entered illegal wildlife trade in India every year since 2009- Dr Shailendra Singh, Director of Turtle Survival Alliance India Program says that training wildlife law enforcement agencies in identifying the species in trade is crucial to combating its poaching and illegal trade.  Read more and download the full report…

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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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