New Year in Madagascar Begins as it Ended

by Jordan Gray Two weeks ago, as Turtle Survival Alliance was preparing for a new year of turtle conservation, we were quickly reminded that 2021 was not over yet. At 8:00 PM local time on December 30th, TSA-Madagascar headquarters received word from our staff that a large number of tortoises were being smuggled out of…

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Faces of Turtle Conservation: Tabitha Hootman

Who: Tabitha Hootman What: North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group, North Florida Program Leader Where: Jacksonville, Florida Tabitha, you were recently named as the North Florida Program Leader for the TSA’s North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group. Could you please tell us more about what this group does and your goals as Program Leader going…

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The Gift of Freedom!

On Saturday, December 25th, our TSA India Program gave the gift of freedom to 259 freshwater turtles— rewilding them to the Gomti and Sarju rivers of northern India. TSA partners Uttar Pradesh Police’s Special Task Force and Uttar Pradesh Forest Department seized the turtles from wildlife traffickers just over a month ago. The seized turtles…

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Asian Giant Tortoises Return to the Chattogram Hill Tracts of Bangladesh

For Immediate Release CONTACT:      JORDAN GRAY, Turtle Survival Alliance, (912) 659-0978, jgray@turtlesurvival.org • Ten captive-bred Asian Giant Tortoises released into community-managed forest in Chattogram Hill Tracts, Bangladesh.• Release represents first-ever rewilding of a Critically Endangered tortoise species in the country.• Post-release animal movement and survival monitoring will be performed by reformed hunters from indigenous communities…

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Your gift MATCHED through December 31st!

As the year comes to a close and we’re counting down the final days of 2021, we have much to be thankful for. This year we’ve made incredible strides in saving threatened turtles and tortoises around the world. From our first hatching of three Ploughshare Tortoises in Antananarivo, Madagascar in January, to TSA’s launch of…

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Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Honors Conservationist Rick Hudson with Prestigious Award and $50K Grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:Nicolle Gómez RaceyColumbus Zoo and AquariumVice President, Communications and MarketingOffice: 614-645-3411Cell: 614-843-3611nicolle.racey@columbuszoo.org Jen FieldsColumbus Zoo and AquariumDirector of CommunicationsOffice: 614-645-3579Cell: 614-595-8989jen.fields@columbuszoo.org Avery ElanderFort Worth ZooDirector of Communicationsaelander@fortworthzoo.org Powell, OH— The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is proud to name Rick Hudson as the recipient of the Zoo’s 2021 Commitment to Conservation Award. Hudson…

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Species Spotlight: Pink-ringed Tent Turtle

Ping-ringed Tent Turtle (Pangshura tentoria circumdata) Countries of Origin: India, Nepal IUCN Status: Least Concern Habitat: Large to small rivers of northern India and southern Nepal including the Chambal, Ganges, Ghaghra, Hindon, Koshi, and Yamuna Size: Males ≤ 8 cm (3.1 in.); Females ≤ 27 cm (10.6 in.) Factoids: – Named for the pink coloration along the seam…

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Poached Turtles Released into the Wild in India

For Immediate Release CONTACT:      JORDAN GRAY, Turtle Survival Alliance, (912) 659-0978, jgray@turtlesurvival.org • 147 Indian Roofed Turtles (Pangshura tecta) and 119 Pink-ringed Tent Turtles (Pangshura tentoria circumdata) seized from poachers in Telangana released into the wild in their native Uttar Pradesh• Turtles released into the Gomti River following quarantine at the joint Uttar Pradesh Environment,…

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TSA India Program’s Ms. Arunima Singh honored with NatWest Group Earth Heroes Award

CONTACT:      JORDAN GRAY, Turtle Survival Alliance, (912) 659-0978, jgray@turtlesurvival.org • TSA India Program Project Coordinator Ms. Arunima Singh honored with NatWest Group Earth Heroes Save the Species Award• NatWest Group Save the Species Award is granted annually to two individuals, representing a governmental and non-governmental organization, respectively• Ms. Singh’s conservation efforts focus on Indian tortoises…

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