Vision Document for Conserving Assam Temple Turtles Launched

Black Softshell

A major temple in Assam has signed a memorandum of understanding with two green NGOs, the Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden and the Kamrup district administration for long-term conservation of the rare freshwater black softshell turtle (Nilssonia nigricans). A vision document 2030 was also launched after Turtle Survival Alliance India and Help Earth signed…

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Why Did the Turtle Cross the Road? And What YOU Can Do!

By Jordan Gray It’s that time! Here in the Northern Hemisphere, the days are getting longer, the temperature’s getting warmer, and turtles are on the move. Sadly, though, their travels can be full of peril. From lawnmowers to iron rails, and concrete curbs to roadways, a litany of obstacles—some deadly—lie in their way. Roads, in…

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World Turtle Day® – #23DaysOfTurtles

World Turtle Day®, established by American Tortoise Rescue in 2000, is now observed by the turtle conservation community around the globe each year on May 23rd. On this day, we celebrate the diversity, beauty, and preservation of the 359 living species of turtles, tortoises, sea turtles, and terrapins found on Earth. From the Arakan Forest…

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Conservation professionals agree: U.S. turtles are under siege from illegal collection

Conservationists offers resounding warning about the risks posed to native turtle species due to illegal collection and trafficking Contacts: Scott Buchanan, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management; 401-782-3720; scott.buchanan@dem.ri.gov Dave Collins, AZA SAFE: American Turtle Program; dcollins.glin@outlook.com Jennifer Sevin, University of Richmond Biology Department; 305-542-0383; jsevin@richmond.edu More than 650 conservation professionals and 37 conservation organizations…

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Turtle Survival Alliance Catalogues Milestone 100th Alligator Snapping Turtle in Buffalo Bayou

For Immediate Release May 6, 2021 CONTACT:      JORDAN GRAY, Turtle Survival Alliance, (912) 659-0978, jgray@turtlesurvival.org • 100th Alligator Snapping Turtle captured, tagged, and released in Buffalo Bayou• Buffalo Bayou serves as a metropolitan refuge for this Texas State Threatened species• Buffalo Bayou’s population of Alligator Snapping Turtles may be one of the densest and most…

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Batagurs Hit the Beach: A 2021 Nesting Recap

By Jordan Gray Of the 359 living species of turtle and tortoise, more than 70 are considered Critically Endangered. Of those, all six species of the genus Batagur, the large river terrapins and roofed turtles of South and Southeast Asia, are included. One, the Northern River Terrapin (Batagur baska), today is represented in the wild…

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Remembering the Confiscation Crisis Three Years Later

By Jordan Gray Three years ago this week, TSA faced a crisis of epic proportions. This moment in time would become a poignant reiteration of TSA’s ability to take swift and decisive action in the midst of a chelonian crisis. This crisis, however, was different from any others before it in our organization’s history in…

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148 Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle Hatchlings Released Into Natural Habitat

Pelochelys cantorii

By Phal Sophanith The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), in collaboration with the Fisheries Administration (FiA) at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, have recently released 148 Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle hatchlings, aged between one and three weeks into the Mekong River stretching along Sambour district of Kratie province. WCS’ conservation of Critically Endangered Cantor’s…

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Rescued Radiated Tortoises Receiving Care in Madagascar – Your Help is Needed!

We still need your help to care for rescued Radiated Tortoises: We are halfway to our goal!! On February 12th, TSA- Madagscar staff seized 811 juvenile Radiated Tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) from poachers and moved them to our Tortoise Conservation Center (TCC). They are now undergoing critical care. All are weak and dehydrated from months of…

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