Largest freshwater turtle nears extinction—but this scientist isn’t giving up. The death of the last known female Yangtze giant softshell turtle has pushed scientists to search for wild specimens in China and Vietnam.

“But this year was different,” says Rick Hudson, President of the Board of the Turtle Survival Alliance. “We got the best semen sample we’ve ever gotten. We got the semen directed into the proper oviduct. And everything just went very smooth.” “She just struggled to come out of anesthesia,” he says. To read more from…

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In Cambodia, Giant Turtles Come Back From the Brink

Once believed to be extinct in Cambodia, Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle is finally recovering- “Freshwater turtles like the Cantor’s Giant Softshell are confined to smaller waterways than sea turtles, which increases pressures from habitat loss and continued collection,” says Andrew Walde of the Turtle Survival Alliance, an advocacy group based in Charleston, South Carolina. Read…

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TSA’s 10 Ways YOU Can Help Turtles For Earth Week!

1. Help a turtle cross the road! It’s springtime and turtles will likely be crossing a road near you. Safely move the turtle to the other side of the road in the direction it was heading. 2. Support or start a local turtle conservation project near you! There are 469 types of turtles and tortoises…

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Wildlife Conservationists Remain Steadfast In Efforts To Prevent Extinction of the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle

New York, April 17, 2019 — Steadfast efforts continue to prevent the extinction of the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei), even with the news that the last known female of the species died on Saturday, April 13, 2019. The 90-year-old plus female turtle died during recovery from anesthesia after an artificial insemination procedure in Suzhou,…

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TSA-India: Slowly and Steadily Winning the Conservation Race

The Turtle Survival Alliance India, a close partner of WCS-India, has been doing some amazing work across the Gangetic landscape in Uttar Pradesh and has recently begun to expand activities in parts of the north-east also. WCS-India Country Director Prakriti Srivastava who visited some of the sites with the project team was impressed with the…

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Indian Turtles Disappearing Due to International Illegal Trade

“In the last six months 10,000 live turtles from 8-9 species have been confiscated from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal,” said Shailendra Singh, director of the Turtle Survival Alliance – India Programme.  “In a seizure, you can find big numbers of turtles which can range from 7-10,000. We have had instances of seizures where…

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Rote Island Snake-necked Turtles Hatch at the TSC

By Cris Hagen The Turtle Survival Center is proud to announce its first ever captive breeding of the critically endangered Rote Island Snake-necked Turtle (Chelodina mccordi). The success of this reproduction is particularly important to the studbook management of this species because it represents a completely new bloodline to the captive population. The male and female were imported…

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Team Effort Progresses Conservation for the Southern River Terrapin in Cambodia

By Clinton Doak, Andrew Walde, and Jordan Gray The Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Center (KKRCC) in Koh Kong Province, Cambodia, officially opened in November 2017. Begun as an initiative of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and The Royal Government of Cambodia’s Fisheries Administration (FiA), this facility is the only of its kind for breeding and…

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A Special Moment in Time with the World’s Rarest Turtle

By Clinton Doak When asked, many people will tell you that the happiest day of their lives is either their wedding day or the day their children were born. Truly momentous events in our life are few and far between, and, for some of us, a unique wildlife encounter can certainly rank as equally life-changing.…

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