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Endangered Turtles Hatched at Columbus Zoo in Breeding Milestone

In 2010, the Columbus Zoo helped fly 85 Yellow-headed Temple Turtles to permanent homes in the U.S. and Europe. The turtles were part of an illegal shipment of more than 1,300 turtles seized en route to food markets in China. The Columbus Zoo provided an emergency grant to the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), which placed…

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Ornate Diamondback Terrapin Study Gets Off to a Mucky Start

By Brett Bartek I wasn’t really sure what to expect this past Saturday morning. It was 55° Fahrenheit, overcast, and windy—freezing for Florida! I met up with Mike Mills (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation), a willing participant (for now) in this endeavor, at the undisclosed park’s ranger station at 10 AM. Here, we were going to attempt…

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Of Woods and Water: In Search of the Wood Turtles of Appalachia

By Jordan Gray Clear skies and bright, penetrating sunshine have warmed the frigid morning of only hours ago to a balmy (for this time of year) 50° Fahrenheit. Alongside a clear mountain stream in the Appalachian Mountains, Houston Chandler of The Orianne Society and I slip into our chest waders, preparing to step into the…

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Pilibhit Tiger Reserve’s Field Director H Rajamohan Proposes Study on Aquatic Biodiversity

The study will cover migratory birds, aquatic animals, especially turtles, and the wetlands. Explaining the need for an integrated research programme on aquatic diversity, India Program Director of Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), a US-based NGO, Shailendra Singh said, “Wetlands are the basic means of survival for not only aquatic creatures, but also migratory birds. These have…

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Commentary: South Carolina Must Tighten State Laws to Protect Turtles

BY ELISE BENNETT (Center for Biological Diversity) and JORDAN GRAY (Turtle Survival Alliance) Each year, tens of thousands of live turtles are stolen from America’s woodlands and waterways and shipped overseas as pets or for meat. And with lax laws against harvest, South Carolina is a haven for turtle snatchers. State wildlife officials recently saved…

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Zoos of Northeast India Protect Asian Black Giant Tortoise

“This breeding success has not only brought us hope but has allowed us to learn more insight into replicating this program in other zoos in North-east India. The project team simultaneously carried out the reconnaissance survey of historic habitats of Manouria emys [phayrei] in the state of Nagaland. Till date, we have delineated two potential reintroduction sites –…

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Saving the World’s Rarest Freshwater Terrapin

-Peoples Trust for Endangered Species- PTES has been supporting Shailendra Singh, who works for Turtle Survival Alliance India, to tackle the threats facing these animals for a few years. Shai contacted us last week to say that in general work is going well. They started a captive breeding programme a few years ago with just…

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Box Turtles In Peril From Black Market Madness

A law enforcement arrest of an illegal box turtle smuggler in South Carolina crawled to the top of the headlines in September.  “We work with 118 species of turtles and tortoises around the world, including 20 of the Top 25 most endangered turtles. The illegal trade of the Eastern box turtle is a hot topic…

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