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

  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…

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Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Connect Magazine: “We’re In This Together, Combatting Turtle Trafficking”

By Mary Ellen Collins “I’m tired of crisis management,” said Rick Hudson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) in Charleston South Carolina. It was late October and Hudson had just returned from Madagascar where 7,347 Radiated Tortoises had been confiscated, just six months after the record-breaking seizure of 10,976 of…

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Rescuing Reptiles in Myanmar (Smithsonian National Zoo Animal News)

In Myanmar, reptiles are rapidly disappearing—the result of poaching and other threats. The good news: all hope is not lost for critically endangered turtles. Rescue facilities across the country, supported by the Turtle Survival Alliance, are working to save these species from extinction…….. Click HERE for the rest from the Smithsonian Zoo’s Animal News!

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Illicit Trade in Indian Flapshell Turtles Amounts to Crisis for TSA-India

Our TSA-India program is in crisis management mode, and for one sole reason: wildlife trafficking. Nearly 9,000 turtles representing 7 species have been intercepted from wildlife traffickers in the last two months by the law enforcement authorities of Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, India. One species in particular is taking the brunt of this illicit…

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Faces of the TSA Vol. 17

Who: Rishika Dubla What: Senior Project Officer Where: Terai Project, Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh   How did you first become involved in turtle and tortoise conservation in India? In 2016, I moved back to India from the United Kingdom in search of wildlife related jobs after finishing a degree in Biological Sciences from Oxford University. I…

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Species Spotlight Vol. 17

Indian Flapshell Turtle (Lissemys punctata) Countries of Origin: Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan IUCN Status: Least Concern (Vulnerable status recommended 2017) Habitat: Marshes, rivers, lakes, ponds, agricultural paddies, brackish estuaries, canals, and ditches Size:          Males ≤ 23 cm (9 in.)  Females ≤ 35 cm (14 in.) Factoids: Morphologically an evolutionary link between the…

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Rescued Tortoises Find Save Haven In Madagascar

In the two weeks since our last update, the TSA Madagscar team deployed to assist the more than 7,000 Radiated Tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) seized from wildlife traffickers in southwestern Madagascar have worked with steadfast resolve. In a remote village near the town of Betioky, veterinarian Dr. Ny Aina Tiana Rakotoarisoa and keepers Avimasy, José, and…

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TSA India to the Rescue!

TSA India conservationist Rishika Dubla reports that over 1500 Indian Flapshell Turtles (Lissemys punctata) were seized this morning near Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, through a joint operation between the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (Police Department) and Uttar Pradesh Forest and Wildlife Department. A truck was intercepted by the team where the animals, apparently taken from a wetland…

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Radiated Tortoise Relief Effort Update

Since Saturday morning, TSA Madagscar lead veterinarian Dr. Ny Aina Tiana Rakotoarisoa and keepers Avimasy, José, and Tsito have been on the ground performing health assessments and providing medical and husbandry care for the more than 7,000 Radiated Tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) seized from wildlife traffickers in a remote village in southwestern Madagascar. With support from…

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Massive Radiated Tortoise Seizure

  For Immediate Release October 27, 2018   Charleston, South Carolina – It’s happened again. Only 6 months after more than 10,000 Radiated Tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) were seized in southwest Madagascar, we are heartbroken to announce the government of Madagascar has seized another mind-boggling 7,347 of the critically endangered animals from wildlife traffickers. Packed like sardines, the…

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