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Wildlife Conservationists Remain Steadfast In Efforts To Prevent Extinction of the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle

New York, April 17, 2019 — Steadfast efforts continue to prevent the extinction of the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei), even with the news that the last known female of the species died on Saturday, April 13, 2019. The 90-year-old plus female turtle died during recovery from anesthesia after an artificial insemination procedure in Suzhou,…

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TSA-India: Slowly and Steadily Winning the Conservation Race

The Turtle Survival Alliance India, a close partner of WCS-India, has been doing some amazing work across the Gangetic landscape in Uttar Pradesh and has recently begun to expand activities in parts of the north-east also. WCS-India Country Director Prakriti Srivastava who visited some of the sites with the project team was impressed with the…

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Indian Turtles Disappearing Due to International Illegal Trade

“In the last six months 10,000 live turtles from 8-9 species have been confiscated from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal,” said Shailendra Singh, director of the Turtle Survival Alliance – India Programme.  “In a seizure, you can find big numbers of turtles which can range from 7-10,000. We have had instances of seizures where…

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Rote Island Snake-necked Turtles Hatch at the TSC

By Cris Hagen The Turtle Survival Center is proud to announce its first ever captive breeding of the critically endangered Rote Island Snake-necked Turtle (Chelodina mccordi). The success of this reproduction is particularly important to the studbook management of this species because it represents a completely new bloodline to the captive population. The male and female were imported…

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Team Effort Progresses Conservation for the Southern River Terrapin in Cambodia

By Clinton Doak, Andrew Walde, and Jordan Gray The Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Center (KKRCC) in Koh Kong Province, Cambodia, officially opened in November 2017. Begun as an initiative of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and The Royal Government of Cambodia’s Fisheries Administration (FiA), this facility is the only of its kind for breeding and…

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A Special Moment in Time with the World’s Rarest Turtle

By Clinton Doak When asked, many people will tell you that the happiest day of their lives is either their wedding day or the day their children were born. Truly momentous events in our life are few and far between, and, for some of us, a unique wildlife encounter can certainly rank as equally life-changing.…

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“It’s the First Time Any Western Chelonian Researchers have Encountered Forsten’s Tortoises in the Wild!” 

  Christine Light (Sulawesi Chelonian Conservation Program Coordinator) and Cris Hagen (TSA’s Turtle Survival Center Director of Animal Management) are currently on Sulawesi Island, Indonesia conducting surveys for endemic chelonians. Their counterparts from Tadulako University (UNTAD) in Central Sulawesi, Dr. Jusri Nilawati and Dr. Fadly Y. Tantu have found Forsten’s Tortoises in the wild before. Christine…

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Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Connect Magazine: “We’re In This Together, Combatting Turtle Trafficking”

By Mary Ellen Collins “I’m tired of crisis management,” said Rick Hudson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) in Charleston South Carolina. It was late October and Hudson had just returned from Madagascar where 7,347 Radiated Tortoises had been confiscated, just six months after the record-breaking seizure of 10,976 of…

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Rescuing Reptiles in Myanmar (Smithsonian National Zoo Animal News)

In Myanmar, reptiles are rapidly disappearing—the result of poaching and other threats. The good news: all hope is not lost for critically endangered turtles. Rescue facilities across the country, supported by the Turtle Survival Alliance, are working to save these species from extinction…….. Click HERE for the rest from the Smithsonian Zoo’s Animal News!

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