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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From Roundglass Sustain: By Radhika Raj, How a conservationist and his team in the Sundarbans brought the Northern River Terrapin, one of the most endangered turtle species in the world, back from the brink… On the night before Holi, as the country prepared for the festival of colours, Shailendra Singh sat on a lonely motorboat…

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by Heather Lowe  In early July, Gerald Kuchling, the chelonian reproductive biologist who led a team that attempted artificial insemination on the world’s last known female Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei), returned to the Suzhou Zoo in China to evaluate the eggs. Since the procedure was attempted, the female had laid two clutches of eggs,…

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by Rick Hudson  TSA President Rick Hudson recently visited Myanmar to evaluate the TSA’s conservation programs there. This is his trip report – enjoy! I arrived in Bangkok on 24 September, overnighted, and flew into Mandalay the next day. I was met by Dr. Kalyar Platt, Director of TSA’s Turtle Conservation Program, and her colleagues Me…

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by Shai Singh and Ashutosh Tripathi  The Indian narrow-headed turtle (Chitra indica) is a large softshell turtle that is extensively hunted throughout its range. Under the auspices of the TSA India project, a nest site assessment and monitoring survey of 75 km along the Yamuna River was conducted in September 2014. A total of seven nests,…

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by Heather Lowe  The TSA India team has been hard at work at the Kukrail Gharial and Turtle Center in Lucknow. Renovations were recently completed on two different enclosures, to better accomodate the turtles that are managed there. An old, unused aviary was divided into multiple sections, one of which will hold tortoises, while the other…

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by Heather Lowe  The Black Softshell Turtle (Nilssonia nigricans) is a critically endangered species endemic to North-eastern India and Bangladesh. It was long thought to exist in only one temple pond in Bangladesh. Fortunately, the species has been confirmed at a few spots in the Brahmaputra River drainage in the state of Assam and in some…

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by Christine Bowie  The TSA India team, along with the Lucknow and Kanpur Zoos, recently launched a comprehensive pilot program for zoo volunteers. The initiative was aimed at improving conservation education and animal awareness among zoo guests and also included a program to prepare participants for a possible future in the management of zoo animal collections.…

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