Acoustic Transmitters & South American River Turtles: To increasingly close gaps in knowledge and reveal some of the mysteries that surround the South American River Turtle, a WCS/TSA Colombia team started installing acoustic transmitters in a group of individuals, to monitor their voyages and movements in the Meta River, the first time this technology is…

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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, Igor Valencia, German Forero-Medina, and Natalia Gallego Magdalena River Turtles hatch in their incubation chamber. On 19 May 2017, over 1,000 Critically Endangered Magdalena River Turtle (Podocnemis lewyana) hatchlings were released into the muddy waters of the Sinú River in northwestern Colombia. The release event was attended by hundreds of locals from…

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by Rick Hudson  TSA Expands Scope of Turtle Conservation Activities in Colombia Podocnemis expansa basking aggregate Photo courtesy of Gabriela Garza A TSA delegation recently returned from Colombia, having reviewed nearly the full scope of the joint Wildlife Conservation Society/Turtle Survival Alliance turtle conservation program there.  Rick Hudson (President/CEO) and new Board member Tim Gregory were hosted…

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Jordan Gray  TSA Species Spotlight Magdalena River turtle (Podocnemis lewyana) Country of Origin: Colombia, South America (endemic) IUCN Status: Critically Endangered Estimated surviving population: Unknown/Declining Habitat: Turbid rivers and their tributaries of the Sinu, San Jorge, Cauca and Magdalena River drainages Size: Females ≤ 46 cm, Males ≤ 32 cm Factoid: This is the only Podocnemid turtle to naturally occur west…

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by Jordan Gray  The Turtle Survival Alliance is excited to bring you a new segment featuring the people who make the TSA great! Without dedicated researchers, conservationists, educators, husbandry technicians and so on, the TSA would not be able to fulfill its mission of “Zero Turtle Extinctions”. We think it is time to regularly introduce you do…

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by Mathilde Overduin, WCS  More than one thousand nests of the Giant South American River Turtle (Podocnemis expansa) were found and protected this year in a small portion of the Meta River, in the Orinoquía region of Colombia, as part of a project led by Fundación Omacha, Turtle Survival Alliance, and Wildlife Conservation Society, and funded by…

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by administrator  The Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), with support from Ecopetrol and the Santo Domingo Foundation, are studying Dahl’s Toad-headed Turtle (Mesoclemmys dahli) in the tropical dry forest of Colombia, one of the most threatened ecosystems in the country. First, the research will focus on estimating abundance of the species…

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Brian Horne and Rick Hudson represented the TSA recently at a South American turtle Red-listing workshop in Brazil, joining scientists and conservationists gathered to evaluate the conservation status of the tortoises and freshwater turtles of South America for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.  Spending at least ten days on a boat traveling down…

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