We still need your help to care for rescued Radiated Tortoises: We are halfway to our goal!! On February 12th, TSA- Madagscar staff seized 811 juvenile Radiated Tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) from poachers and moved them to our Tortoise Conservation Center (TCC). They are now undergoing critical care. All are weak and dehydrated from months of…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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For the first time ever, juvenile headstarted Black Softshell Turtles (Nilssonia nigricans) from Nagshankar Temple’s captive adult population were released into the wild—22 of them in all. Saucer-shaped and adorned with peacock spots, these youngsters are the wild future for this, one of the world’s most endangered turtles. Regarded, until recently, as Extinct in the…

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