Sea Turtle Rescue Effort Update from Texas

As many of you are aware by now, the State of Texas was besieged by a winter storm that left many areas covered in snow and ice, and its residents without electric or water services for several days. The wintry blast also greatly impacted its wildlife, notably sea turtles. This week, an unprecedented 7,000+ sea…

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800 Radiated Tortoises Rescued in Madagascar!

This past weekend, TSA-Madagascar staff assisted in the seizure of 811 juvenile Radiated Tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) from poachers in southern Madagascar. The TSA Madagasikara team quickly transported the tortoises—weak and dehydrated due to months of being held without food or water, exacerbated by severe drought and scorching temperatures—to our Tortoise Conservation Center (TCC) near Tsihombe.…

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Reintroducing the Black Softshell Turtle

Great article on Black Softshell Turtle (Nilssonia nigricans) reintroduction efforts by TSA India Program partner Jayaditya Purkayastha of Help Earth, and featuring quotes from TSA India Program Director Shailendra Singh. READ THE ARTICLE HERE!

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Turtle Community Comes to the Aid in Malaysia

In late December, the Northeast Monsoon Winds swept over the South China Sea bringing with them pounding rain to Peninsular Malaysia. By the first week of January, many eastern Malaysian states were experiencing flooding, especially Terengganu. The flooding was considered the worst in half a century. After more than a week of incessant rain, villages…

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10 Royal Turtles Released into their Natural Habitat

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kampong Seila (Jan 28, 2021) – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the Department of Fisheries Conservation of the Fisheries Administration of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, ​​in collaboration with Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), today released ten critically endangered Royal Turtles (Batagur affinis) into the Sre Ambel River…

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The World’s Rarest Turtle Has a Shot at Escaping Extinction

Conservationists confirmed that a Swinhoe’s Softshell Turtle found in Vietnam is female, reigniting hope for saving the species. From the New York Times – By Rachel Nuwer, Jan. 25, 2021 Gerald Kuchling, a project leader for the Turtle Survival Alliance who helped with efforts to breed the species in China, said, “Even if a male…

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A Momentous Event Unfolding in Cambodia!

Will she, or won’t she…only time will tell! In Cambodia, an adult female Southern River Terrapin (Batagur affinis) has been testing the sands of a recently created artificial nest site at the Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Center (KKRCC). It’s with high hopes that she will utilize this nesting area in the coming days to deposit…

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TSA Hatches Second Ploughshare Tortoise in Madagascar!

That makes two! We are excited to announce the hatching of a second Ploughshare Tortoise from our assurance group in Madagascar. This precious tortoise entered the world just over two weeks after the hatching of our first-ever Ploughshare on December 28, 2020. The Ploughshare Tortoise (Astrochelys yniphora), or Angonoka, is regarded as the world’s most…

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Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) programmes held at Nature Discovery Centre

Read the full article from The Sentinel HERE! BISWANATH CHARIALI: Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) India team conducted two teachers’ training workshops at Nature Discovery Centre, Biswanath Ghat and Halem Chariali LP School recently. The workshops were aimed at increasing awareness on threats and conservation of freshwater turtles and tortoises among school teachers and ways to…

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Turtle News of the Decade!

Rafetus swinhoei Yangtze Giant Softshell

World’s Most Endangered Turtle Gets Some Good News In 2020 Scientists release genetic results confirming a female turtle captured in October 2020 in Viet Nam is definitively the near extinct Swinhoe’s Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) – also known as the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle and Hoan Kiem Turtle Discovery means at least one male and…

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