Diapers for Dermatemys

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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2017 Will Be a Breakout Year for Hicatee

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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Turtles Added to Assurance Colony in Belize

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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Hicatee Turtle Workshop Held in Belize

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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Reproductive Assessments Conducted in Belize

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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TSA Team Deploys to Belize

by Heather Lowe The TSA assembled a team recently to travel to Belize to begin implementation of two grants designed to improve our understanding of the captive reproductive biology of the Central American River Turtle, Dermatemys mawii, locally known as the Hicatee. The grants – courtesy of the American Zoo Association and Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund – will…

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Central American River Turtle Facility Near Completion

by Heather Lowe  Last year (2010), the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) conducted a country-wide survey in Belize to assess the current conservation status of Dermatemys in what is believed to be its last stronghold. Results of the survey indicated that Dermatemys (locally known as “hicatee”) is heavily depleted in most of Belize, but healthy populations remain in a…

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Finishing Up the Hicatee Workshops in Belize

by Thomas Rainwater  We just completed the second of our two Hicatee (Dermatemys mawii) Survey and Monitoring Workshops in Belize. After several days down south for the first workshop, this time we were up north on the New River Lagoon and associated tributaries. New River Lagoon is an approximately 27 mile long lagoon located in north-central…

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Hicatee Conservation Workshops in Belize

by Thomas Rainwater  Just a quick note to say we just successfully completed the first of two Hicatee (Central American River Turtle, Dermatemys mawii) Survey and Monitoring Workshops in Belize.  This first workshop was conducted on the Rio Grande in southern Belize, near the town of Punta Gorda.  The second workshop begins tomorrow on the New…

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