by Jordan Gray  A newly released report by the TSA and fellow turtle conservation organizations, collectively known as the Turtle Conservation Coalition, entitled “Turtles in Trouble: The World’s 25+ Most Endangered Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles – 2018” shows that tortoises and freshwater turtles are facing an almost unparalleled extinction crisis. This report indicates that over 50%…

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by Jordan Gray  Southern River Terrapin (Batagur affinis) Countries of Origin: Cambodia, Indonesia (Sumatra, likely extirpated), Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore (reintroduced), Thailand (likely extirpated), and Vietnam (extirpated) IUCN Status: Critically Endangered Estimated surviving population: < 500 adults. Only two actively-protected nesting areas of value remain in the wild. Habitat: Large rivers, mangrove-bordered creeks, and coastal lagoons and estuaries. Biology and Habits: The…

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By Andrew Walde A beautiful male captive-reared Southern River Terrapin eyes freedom on the shores of the Sre Ambel River. Credit: Mengey Eng/WCS On November 1, 2017, I left for a multi-week trip to Cambodia with Brian Horne, Coordinator of Freshwater Turtle and Tortoise Conservation, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). The purpose of this trip was…

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by Jordan Gray  Photo by Cris Hagen Impressed Tortoise (Manouria impressa) Countries of Origin:  Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam IUCN Status:   Vulnerable Estimated surviving population:  Unknown/Declining Habitat:  Humid, tropical, evergreen, broadleaf and bamboo hill and montane forests up to 1300 m (4,265 ft) elevation. Habits:  These tortoises have specialized dietary needs, feeding primarily on fungi in the…

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by Jordan Gray Red-crowned Roofed Turtle (India).For 5 species from the genus of riverine turtles Batagur, the second week of May has seen a bonanza of hatching activity! On Monday, 8 May, from India to Cambodia, a phenomenon like no other was observed as we received reports from our range-country programs and TSA partners of the year’s…

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by Rick Hudson  Day 4 finally rolled around and it was time to sit back and listen to presentations on some of what are considered model programs for turtle conservation in the region.  First up is the Cuc Phuong Turtle Conservation Center in Vietnam, perhaps the best known and respected of all the regional centers due…

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by Rick Hudson on February 28, 2011 With all the country and trade reports as background information, and with the Red-listing behind us, the stage was finally set for the critical Day 3 of the workshop:  designing specific priority conservation actions for the most threatened species.  And though I am not at liberty to formally report the findings…

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by Rick Hudson  On Tuesday morning – day two of the workshop – the seventy workshop participants reviewed the “Red List,” an internationally recognized database of the world’s most vulnerable species. Participants from countries throughout Asia provided the most up-to-date information on the status of each species. A few were determined to be secure enough now…

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by Rick Hudson  We were happy to see some old friends and meet some new ones at the Conservation of Asian Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles workshop at the Singapore Zoo. Over 70 delegates from 20 countries, including 16 Asian nations were in attendance. Hosted by the Wildlife Reserves Singapore and the Wildlife Conservation Society, in collaboration…

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