Team Work Makes The Snapper Dream Work!

This past weekend, our TSA-North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group (TSA-NAFTRG) performed their regular sampling for our long-term population monitoring and species distribution assessment for Western Alligator Snapping Turtles (Macrochelys temminckii) in southeast Texas, and boy, was it a doozy! Joined by Dr. Day Ligon of Missouri State University and Dr. Denise Thompson, the team,…

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The Hicatee Turtle – Belize’s National Treasure

Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE), Turtle Survival Alliance, and partners are once again observing October as Hicatee Awareness Month. Throughout the month, activities and events will celebrate the beloved Central American River Turtle (Dermatemys mawii) – locally known as the Hicatee. This year’s message encourages national pride of this rare and unique…

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Burmese Narrow-headed Softshell Turtles Hatch in Myanmar!

Yangon, Myanmar—TSA-Myanmar Director Kalyar Platt has announced the hatching of 67 Burmese Narrow-headed Softshell Turtles (Chitra vandijki) in Myanmar! A critically endangered species, the Burmese Narrow-headed Softshell is endemic to the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin River drainages of the country. On July 23rd, staff members of the TSA and Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) turtle conservation program in…

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Faces of the TSA Vol. 16

by Jordan Gray Who: Andrew Brinker What: Science Teacher, Paschal High School Where: Fort Worth, Texas, USA Jordan Gray: What is your earliest childhood memory with a turtle or tortoise? Andrew Brinker: I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan near a nature center with a pond for where I spent countless days at during the…

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World’s Rarest Turtle Discovered in Vietnam!

The Asian Turtle Program of Indo-Myanmar Conservation, Washington State University, and Turtle Survival Alliance are very excited to announce the confirmation of a Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) living in a lake outside of Hanoi, Vietnam! The now-confirmed specimen increases the global population of the world’s rarest turtle, and unarguably one of the Earth’s…

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Faces of the TSA! Volume 15

by Jordan Gray Who: Jan Holloway (Left) and Janet Fincannon (Right) What: Administrative Coordinator (Jan) and Program Assistant (Janet) Where: Charleston, South Carolina, USA Jordan Gray: What is your earliest childhood memory with a turtle or tortoise? Jan Holloway: I was a super lucky kid growing up. We lived on about 80 acres in a very rural area of upstate…

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Faces of the TSA! Volume 14

Who: Jay Allen What: Owner, Aquarium Innovations Where: Monroe, Georgia, USA Jordan Gray: What is your earliest childhood memory with a turtle or tortoise? Jay Allen: Because my father served in the U.S. Military, my family traveled a great deal. This exposed me to a variety of animals at an early age. I first became interested in reptiles when…

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Faces of the TSA! Volume 13

by Jordan Gray Who: Shahriah Caesar Rahman What: CEO, Creative Conservation Alliance Where: Dhaka, Bangladesh Jordan Gray: What is your earliest childhood memory with a turtle or tortoise? Caesar Rahman: For as long as I can remember, I have had acheter cialis an immense fascination of nature and wildlife. However, growing up in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh (one of the…

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Faces of the TSA! Volume 12

by Jordan Gray Who: Christina Castellano What: Vice President & Chief Science Officer, Utah’s Hogle Zoo Where: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Jordan Gray: What is your earliest childhood memory with a turtle or tortoise? Christina Castellano: I was born in the Bronx and grew up just north of Manhattan. Like most city dwellers, my love of animals started with…

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Faces of the TSA! Volume 11

by Jordan Gray Who: Shane Boylan, DVM What: Chief Veterinarian, South Carolina Aquarium Where: Charleston, South Carolina, USA Jordan Gray: What is your earliest childhood memory with a turtle or tortoise? Shane Boylan: Like everyone, I’ve been watching/catching chelonia since I was little. When I was young, I toured North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Although not my…

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