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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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,…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More