Red-crowned Roofed Turtles Get a Head Start in India

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By Rishika Dubla, Shailendra Singh, Chandan Jani, Pawan Parekh and Jordan Gray The Red-crowned Roofed Turtle (Batagur kachuga) is a Critically Endangered freshwater turtle species known historically from large riverine environments of India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Evolutionarily adapted for high adult-survivorship, detrimental anthropogenic (human) activities such as illegal fishing, sand mining, poaching, egg harvesting, riverside…

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A Labor of Love!

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by Jordan Gray  We’ve all heard the phrase “It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.” For our “Team Radiata 3” wave in Madagascar, this phrase is more of a calling—fueled by passion and love. Under the hot Malagasy sun, this amazing group of responders has been continuing the relief effort for the nearly…

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Update 3 from Madagascar

by Jordan Gray  Ifaty, Madagascar – TSA Madagascar is getting the job done as Team Radiata #1 nears arrival at Village des tortues. This, from Aina Tiana Rak-“Six local volunteers from different institutions joined us yesterday at Village des tortues. They helped to soak, build shelter houses, and distribute water for the tortoises!”! Helping hands for…

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Monumental Radiated Tortoise Seizure!

by Jordan Gray  Breaking News – Nearly 11,000 Radiated Tortoises Seized in Madagascar! A confiscation of monumental proportions, and the largest for tortoises or freshwater turtles in the history of the Turtle Survival Alliance has occurred in Madagascar. On the night of April 10, 2018, TSA staff were alerted to a confiscation of 10,976 Radiated Tortoises…

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Tricarinate Hill Turtles Rescued and Released

By Dr. Shailendra Singh, Jordan Gray, Arunima Singh, and Rishika Dubla Turtle trade is a serious problem in the northern states of India, and at crisis-level in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The TSA-India program has been working relentlessly with local law enforcement, the Forestry and Wildlife Department, and a Special Task Force to curb…

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First Artificial Breeding Attempt for World’s Rarest Turtle Unsuccessful

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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TSA President Visits Project Sites in Myanmar

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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Softshell Surveys Conducted in India

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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Renovations Completed in India

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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Black Softshell Turtles Hatch in India

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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