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New at the National Zoo: Home’s Hinge-back Tortoises

These animals came to the National Zoo from the Turtle Survival Alliance in South Carolina to participate in the Species Survival Plan. All are around 4 years old. Tortoises take a long time to become sexually mature, so we are quite a few years away from any breeding attempts. Read more HERE:

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Indonesia: East Nusa Tenggara Protects Critical Rote Island Habitat

The Roti Island Snake-necked Turtle: Congratulations to East Nusa Tenggara for establishing the Rote Essential Ecosystem Areas in an effort to protect and reintroduce this iconic species! The designation of the three lakes (Peto, Lendoen and Ledulu) as KEE is a very good effort for the protection of the LAST FEASIBLE HABITAT of the Roti…

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Turtle Trouble on the Brahmaputra

By Rishika Dubla and Shailendra Singh. Though the endangered Assam roofed turtle receives legal protection at par with the Bengal tiger, it is still poached for the illegal pet trade and its eggs collected for consumption. Read more from RoundGlass Sustain HERE.

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A total of 67 turtles from Nagaon Shivasthan Temple pond released into the wild

TSA India’s Northeast team have been busy over the past five days conducting an operation transferring turtles from a temple pond at Nagaon Shiva Temple to the Burachapori Wildlife Sanctuary. The concrete pond held several species of freshwater turtles that were in suboptimal conditions, preventing them from being able to bask or nest. This operation…

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Impressed Tortoise Discovered in India!

BIG NEWS FROM INDIA!  For the first time ever, the critically endangered Impressed Tortoise (Manouria impressa) has been found in India! Arunachal Pradesh Forest Department’s Range Officer Mr Bunty Tao locally rescued two tortoises from a hunter gatherer, which he photographed and sent to TSA program office for identification. A joint survey team of TSA India and Help earth…

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The Slow and Steady Conservation of the Asian Giant Tortoises

After three years of effort, the Creative Conservation Alliance and Bangladesh Forest Department, in partnership with the Turtle Survival Alliance, Prokriti O Jibon Foundation, Future for Nature, and IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, have succeeded in captive reproduction of the Asian Black Giant Tortoise (Manouria emys phayrei) for the first time in Bangladesh…

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Our Turtles Need a New Ride!

The Turtles and Tortoises at the Turtle Survival Center need a new ride! The time is drawing nigh for us to replace our Turtle Survival Center work truck. It will be missed, as it has served us well. Do YOU have a truck or van that could serve the needs of some of the world’s most…

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Unlocking the Key to Diapause Increases Hatching Success for the Crowned River Turtle

By Arunima Singh, Shailendra Singh, Rishika Dubla, and Jordan Gray A total of 68 hatchling Crowned River Turtles (Hardella thurjii) recently hatched at the Kukrail Gharial Rehabilitation Centre (KGRC) in Lucknow, India, as part of a joint project between Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) / Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)-India and the Uttar Pradesh Forest and Wildlife…

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