TSA Celebrates World Wetlands Day in the Best Way

by Sushmita Kar and Jordan Gray Two weeks ago in Northeast India, one of the world’s newer wetlands was the recipient of a celebratory return to the wild for one of the most endangered turtles on the planet. On the auspicious occasion of World Wetlands Day, February 2, 2022, TSA India Program, Assam Forest Department,…

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Northern River Terrapins Rewilded to Indian Sundarbans

For Immediate Release CONTACT:      JORDAN GRAY, Turtle Survival Alliance, +1 (912) 659-0978, jgray@turtlesurvival.org • Ten captive-bred Northern River Terrapins released into Sundarbans National Park in East India.• The Northern River Terrapin is regarded as one of the most endangered turtles in the world.• Release represents first monitored rewilding of Northern River Terrapin, and first satellite…

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The Gift of Freedom!

On Saturday, December 25th, our TSA India Program gave the gift of freedom to 259 freshwater turtles— rewilding them to the Gomti and Sarju rivers of northern India. TSA partners Uttar Pradesh Police’s Special Task Force and Uttar Pradesh Forest Department seized the turtles from wildlife traffickers just over a month ago. The seized turtles…

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Species Spotlight: Pink-ringed Tent Turtle

Ping-ringed Tent Turtle (Pangshura tentoria circumdata) Countries of Origin: India, Nepal IUCN Status: Least Concern Habitat: Large to small rivers of northern India and southern Nepal including the Chambal, Ganges, Ghaghra, Hindon, Koshi, and Yamuna Size: Males ≤ 8 cm (3.1 in.); Females ≤ 27 cm (10.6 in.) Factoids: – Named for the pink coloration along the seam…

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Poached Turtles Released into the Wild in India

For Immediate Release CONTACT:      JORDAN GRAY, Turtle Survival Alliance, (912) 659-0978, jgray@turtlesurvival.org • 147 Indian Roofed Turtles (Pangshura tecta) and 119 Pink-ringed Tent Turtles (Pangshura tentoria circumdata) seized from poachers in Telangana released into the wild in their native Uttar Pradesh• Turtles released into the Gomti River following quarantine at the joint Uttar Pradesh Environment,…

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TSA India Program’s Ms. Arunima Singh honored with NatWest Group Earth Heroes Award

CONTACT:      JORDAN GRAY, Turtle Survival Alliance, (912) 659-0978, jgray@turtlesurvival.org • TSA India Program Project Coordinator Ms. Arunima Singh honored with NatWest Group Earth Heroes Save the Species Award• NatWest Group Save the Species Award is granted annually to two individuals, representing a governmental and non-governmental organization, respectively• Ms. Singh’s conservation efforts focus on Indian tortoises…

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Nearly 300 Poached Turtles Return Home in India

For Immediate Release CONTACT:      JORDAN GRAY, Turtle Survival Alliance, (912) 659-0978, jgray@turtlesurvival.org • 266 Indian Roofed Turtles (Pangshura tecta) and Pink-ringed Tent Turtles (Pangshura tentoria circumdata) seized from poachers in Telangana returned to home state of Uttar Pradesh• First interstate repatriation of freshwater turtles for the state of Telangana and fourth such in Indian history•…

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Decks cleared for turtle conservation in Pilibhit

From the Times of India – PILIBHIT: The district administration will soon be signing a memorandum of understanding with US-based international organization, Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), for setting up a turtle rescue and conservation centre on the banks of Phulhar lake at Madhotanda village in Pilibhit’s Kalinagar tehsil…. READ MORE HERE. Learn more about our…

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