Radio-tracking Radiated Tortoises – Travel Blog Vol. 4

April 6, 2022 By Brett Bartek Back to so-called “civilization.” Although a return to the capital of Antananarivo means regular showers and a cheeseburger lunch in a French restaurant, it also means traffic jams, pollution, panhandling, and the overall busy nature that comes with any big city. While in the field, time is regulated by…

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Species Spotlight: Asian Giant Softshell

Asian Giant Softshell Turtle (Pelochelys cantorii) Countries of Origin: Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore (extirpated), Thailand, Vietnam IUCN Status: Critically Endangered Habitat: Rivers, estuaries, coastal brackish and marine waters, and lakes Size:  ≤ 100 cm (~39 in.) carapace length Fast Facts: – Described to science in 1864 by John Edward Gray – Named in…

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TSA’s Turtle Month Turtle Heroes — Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 of TSA’s Turtle Month! Every day, from Earth Day through World Turtle Day® on May 23rd, TSA is highlighting the people who make possible our collaborative programs across the world for the preservation of threatened turtles and tortoises. Without these Turtle Heroes, we could not achieve our vision of Zero Turtle Extinction!…

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TSA’s Turtle Month Turtle Heroes — Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of TSA’s Turtle Month! Every day, from Earth Day through World Turtle Day® on May 23rd, TSA is highlighting the people who make possible our collaborative programs across the world for the preservation of threatened turtles and tortoises. Without these Turtle Heroes, we could not achieve our vision of Zero Turtle Extinction!…

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TSA’s Turtle Month Turtle Heroes – Week 1

Welcome to TSA’s Turtle Month! Every day, from Earth Day through World Turtle Day® on May 23rd, TSA is highlighting the people who make possible our collaborative programs across the world for the preservation of threatened turtles and tortoises. Without these Turtle Heroes, we could not achieve our vision of Zero Turtle Extinction! For their…

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Species Spotlight: Bourret’s Box Turtle

Bourret’s Box Turtle (Cuora bourreti) Countries of Origin: Laos, Vietnam IUCN Status: Critically Endangered Habitat: Mountainous evergreen forests Size:  ≤ 20 cm (~8 in.) Fast Facts: – Described to science in 1994 by Fritz Jürgen Obst and Michael Reimann. – Named in honor of René Léon Bourret (1884-1957), a French zoologist and herpetologist. – Males and females are generally of the…

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Radio-tracking Radiated Tortoises – Travel Blog Vol. 2

March 25, 2022 By Lance Paden The 17th of March started like most days our first full week in-country. We had an early breakfast consisting of rice, toast-like crackers with orange jam/Laughing Cow Cheese, and a cup of hot black tea. We then loaded down the Toyota Hilux with a full bed of gear and…

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Painting a Picture of Progress in North Sumatra

By Jordan Gray and Joko Guntoro Each December, following the annual commencement of monsoon season in northern Sumatra, Joko Guntoro leads teams from the Satucita Foundation and Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BBKSDA) as they comb provincial beaches of Aceh and North Sumatra in search of telltale footprints. The tracks are those of female Painted Terrapins…

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Species Spotlight: Painted Terrapin

Painted Terrapin (Batagur borneoensis) Countries of Origin: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand IUCN Status: Critically Endangered Habitat: Fresh and brackish water tidal rivers, mangrove forests, brackish estuaries, and the coastal marine zone Size:  Males ≤ 45 cm (~18 in.)  Females ≤ 76 cm (~30 in.) Fast Facts: – Common names include Painted Terrapin, Saw-jawed Turtle, Painted Batagur, Three-striped Batagur,…

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Northern River Terrapins Rewilded to Indian Sundarbans

For Immediate Release CONTACT:      JORDAN GRAY, Turtle Survival Alliance, +1 (912) 659-0978, jgray@turtlesurvival.org • Ten captive-bred Northern River Terrapins released into Sundarbans National Park in East India.• The Northern River Terrapin is regarded as one of the most endangered turtles in the world.• Release represents first monitored rewilding of Northern River Terrapin, and first satellite…

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