The Alligator Snapping Turtles of Houston, Texas, and their habitat, Buffalo Bayou, NEED YOUR HELP! A proposed project by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) to reduce the impacts of flooding in the Greater Houston metropolitan area would not only significantly change the natural qualities of Buffalo Bayou, but…

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For Immediate Release, October 21, 2020 Contacts:       Elise Bennett, Center for Biological Diversity, (727) 755-6950, ebennett@biologicaldiversity.org Rick Hudson, Turtle Survival Alliance, (817) 343-7380, rhudson@fortworthzoo.org Craig Stanford, (213) 740-1918, IUCN SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, stanford@usc.edu Paul Gibbons, (503) 250-2197, pmgibbons@gmail.com COLUMBIA, S.C.— Gov. Henry McMaster signed a bill today that bans the commercial…

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Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE) and the newly established Hicatee Awareness Month Committee invite you to join us in celebrating National Hicatee Day, the focal awareness day of the fourth annual Hicatee Awareness Month! Through October, we invite turtle-lovers everywhere to put on capes and transform into Hicatee Heroes. Together we have one…

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In Myanmar, we are witnessing historic conservation success for a smiling turtle once feared extinct. Recently dubbed “the turtle with the permanent smile” by numerous acclaimed news outlets, the Burmese Roofed Turtle (Batagur trivittata) is doing everything in its power to endure, with the help of a few committed organizations, and a lot of passionate…

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“This is one of the best global-level turtle conservation successes we have.” – Rick Hudson, President, Turtle Survival Alliance “We came so close to losing them,” said Steven G. Platt, a herpetologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society. “If we didn’t intervene when we did, this turtle would have just been gone.” READ THE FULL NEW…

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By Rick Hudson I vividly recall our August 2010 Board meeting in Orlando. On that single day the TSA made – at the time – the most impactful and far-reaching decisions in our nine-year history. We agreed to hire three full-time positions: Director of Animal Management (Cris Hagen), Turtle Conservation Coordinator for Myanmar (Kalyar Platt),…

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Yesterday, special intelligence lead to the interception of two seemingly unsuspecting produce trucks. Contained within them were shipments of onions. Beneath the onions, however, hid a shipment far more insidious: bundles of turtles. Lots of them. Removing the mask of onions, authorities from Uttar Pradesh forest and police departments unveiled 502 turtles inhumanely encased in…

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Today, a historic event was witnessed with the relocation of 25 hatchling Black Softshell Turtles from the Nagshankar Temple to a grow-out facility at our TSA India Program’s Nature Discovery Centre in Assam, India. This marks the first time individuals of the species have been transferred from the temple to a specialized turtle facility for…

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Borrowing from the title of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ epic novel Love in the Time of Cholera, I reflect again on the impact of COVID-19 on TSA’s conservation efforts for turtles and tortoises around the globe. Despite the economic downturn, and our bleak financial outlook for 2020, we are pleased to announce that we have NOT laid…

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