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  Photo by Dustin Smith Central American River Turtle (Dermatemys mawii) Countries of Origin:   Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico IUCN Status:   Critically Endangered Estimated surviving population:   Unknown/Declining Habitat:   Large rivers, lakes, oxbows, flooded forests Habits:   The Hicatee is a fully aquatic species that spends nearly 100% of its time in water. It is so adapted for an aqueous life…

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by Jordan Gray A relative newcomer to the TSA scene, PhD candidate Nichole Bishop has been working in collaboration with the Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education’s (BFREE) Hicatee Conservation Research Center (HCRC) for the last two years. Through the discipline of Nutritional Ecology, her efforts should help to maximize the captive-husbandry effort and reproductive…

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by Jordan Gray  It was the Spring semester of 2015 and Nichole Bishop, now a PhD candidate in the University of Florida’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, wasn’t exactly sure what organism she would focus on for her dissertation in Nutritional Ecology. Although she had always been fascinated by turtles and tortoises, the second-semester student…

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by Howard Goldstein  When the Hicatee Conservation and Research Center (HCRC) first opened five years ago as a joint program of the TSA and the Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE), it was envisioned to one day become a world-class facility for the study and captive breeding of the critically endangered Central American River…

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by Howard Goldstein  The Hicatee Conservation and Research Center (HCRC) is a joint project of the TSA and the Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE). The Center is located on the grounds of BFREE in southern Belize.  On 17-19 September, members of the TSA joined BFREE staff in Belize in performing annual health checks…

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by Howard Goldstein  The Hicatee Conservation and Research Center (HCRC) is a captive breeding and research facility for the critically endangered Central American River Turtle Dermatemys mawii, locally known as the Hicatee. It is part of the joint TSA and Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE) Hicatee conservation program, and located on the grounds…

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by Heather Lowe  On February 25-26, 2016, Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE) in collaboration with Turtle Survival Alliance, the Belize Fisheries Department, and the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens hosted the 2nd Hicatee Conservation Forum and Workshop at the BFREE Field Station in southern Belize. Unique to Belize, Guatemala and Mexico, the Central American…

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by Howard Goldstein  Ranked among the list of the Top 25 Most Endangered chelonian species in the world, the Central American river turtle—also known as the Hicatee—is threatened throughout its range by over-harvest in the wild as a food source. The TSA believes that any species ranked critically endangered (IUCN Red List) should have a captive…

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by Rick Hudson  A TSA team recently assembled at the Hicatee Conservation and Research Center (HCRC) for the second round of husbandry evaluations and reproductive exams on our group of 25 Central American River Turtles, or Hicatee, Dermatemys mawii. Located at the Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE) in southern Belize, this tropical forest research station…

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