Radio-tracking Radiated Tortoises – Travel Blog Vol. 1

9 March 2022 by Brett Bartek Antanananrivo, Madagascar—On Saturday March 6th, Lance Paden and I started the 37-hour journey to the island country of Madagascar. Here we are going to assist with the repatriation of 1,000 Radiated Tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) that were once confiscated from poachers. Eight months ago these tortoises were chosen, based on size…

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Dermatemys Program Coordinator

Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) and Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE), in furthering our conservation goals for the Central American River Turtle (Dermatemys mawii), are excited to announce Dr. Raymon Edward “Ed” Boles as the first Dermatemys Program Coordinator. This newly created position within the BFREE organization aims to advance our collaborative Central…

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Faces of Turtle Conservation: Ed Boles

Who: Dr. Ed Boles What: Dermatemys Program Coordinator Where: Cayo District, Belize 1) Ed, you were recently named as the Dermatemys Program Coordinator. Could you please tell us more about your vision for Central American River Turtle, aka Hicatee, conservation and what you see as the first priority?  Ultimately the vision is to promote collaborative…

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Painting a Picture of Progress in North Sumatra

By Jordan Gray and Joko Guntoro Each December, following the annual commencement of monsoon season in northern Sumatra, Joko Guntoro leads teams from the Satucita Foundation and Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BBKSDA) as they comb provincial beaches of Aceh and North Sumatra in search of telltale footprints. The tracks are those of female Painted Terrapins…

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Species Spotlight: Painted Terrapin

Painted Terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) Countries of Origin: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand IUCN Status: Critically Endangered Habitat: Fresh and brackish water tidal rivers, mangrove forests, brackish estuaries, and the coastal marine zone Size:  Males ≤ 45 cm (~18 in.)  Females ≤ 76 cm (~30 in.) Fast Facts: – Common names include Painted Terrapin, Saw-jawed Turtle, Painted Batagur, Three-striped Batagur,…

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TSA Celebrates World Wetlands Day in the Best Way

by Sushmita Kar and Jordan Gray Two weeks ago in Northeast India, one of the world’s newer wetlands was the recipient of a celebratory return to the wild for one of the most endangered turtles on the planet. On the auspicious occasion of World Wetlands Day, February 2, 2022, TSA India Program, Assam Forest Department,…

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Northern River Terrapins Rewilded to Indian Sundarbans

For Immediate Release CONTACT:      JORDAN GRAY, Turtle Survival Alliance, +1 (912) 659-0978, jgray@turtlesurvival.org • Ten captive-bred Northern River Terrapins released into Sundarbans National Park in East India.• The Northern River Terrapin is regarded as one of the most endangered turtles in the world.• Release represents first monitored rewilding of Northern River Terrapin, and first satellite…

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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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