Posts Tagged ‘China’

China’s Turtle Hero Wins Prestigious Behler Turtle Conservation Award

The Behler Turtle Conservation Award is presented jointly by the Turtle Survival Alliance, the IUCN SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, the Turtle Conservancy and the Turtle Conservation Fund, and is co-sponsored by Global Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Conservation Society, and other private foundations and individuals. It annually awards global leadership and excellence in the…

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China and Vietnam to Cooperate on Saving World’s Rarest Turtle

by Jordan Gray  For Immediate Release July 30, 2018 CHINA AND VIETNAM TO COOPERATE ON SAVING THE WORLD’S RAREST TURTLE Charleston, South Carolina – The Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei), one of the rarest animals on Earth, may have been given a reprieve from extinction this week with the announcement that Vietnam and China may work…

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Species Spotlight Vol. 15

by Jordan Gray  Yellow (Golden)-headed Box Turtle (Cuora aurocapitata) Countries of Origin: China (Anhui Province) IUCN Status: Critically Endangered Estimated surviving population:  Considered functionally extinct Habitat: Clear, fast-flowing, hillside streams Biology and Habits: Little has been documented regarding the wild ecology of the Yellow-headed Box Turtle. A highly aquatic species, this turtle rarely leaves the confines of the streams in which…

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TSA Programs make an Impact for 20 of the Top 25 Most Endangered Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles – 2018

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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Species Spotlight Vol. 7

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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Rafetus swinhoei Update, May 2017

TSA and partners coordinate a third artificial insemination attempt of the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle in China By Dr. Gerald Kuchling Semen collection by electro-ejaculation and artificial insemination of the last pair of Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) in China unfortunately did not produce any fertilized eggs in 2015 and 2016, therefore we continue to…

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Rafetus Swinhoei Update

It is with great disappointment that TSA must report that the latest attempt to artificially inseminate the last known female Yangtze Giant Softshell Rafetus swinhoei, has proven unsuccessful. With only three known individuals remaining, two in captivity in China and one in a lake in Vietnam, R. swinhoei has the dubious distinction of being the…

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Ground breaking procedure gives new hope for the survival of Rafetus

by Howard Goldstein, Rick Hudson and Paul Calle On April 7, 2016 Dr. Gerald Kuchling (TSA) performed for the first time that we know of a surgical artificial insemination (AI) procedure on a reptile. This innovative procedure was a historic attempt to save the world’s most critically endangered turtle, the Yangtze Giant Softshell (Rafetus swinhoei). The…

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Legendary Turtle Dies in Vietnam

By Rick Hudson The Turtle Survival Alliance has confirmed that one of the world’s four known remaining Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtles (Rafetus swinhoei), has died in Vietnam. This turtle – believed to be a male – was highly revered in Vietnam and was a long-time occupant of Hoan Kiem Lake in the heart of downtown…

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Singapore Workshop Day 4 – Finding Optimism

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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