by Heather Lowe  TSA-India had a big reason to celebrate on World Turtle Day. In coordination with the Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra forest department and the Thane Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), TSA-India assisted in the repatriation of 335 Spotted Pond Turtles (Geoclemys hamiltonii). The animals, which were illegally collected, were rescued over…

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by Heather Lowe  We’ve received good news regarding the future of the Critically Endangered Northern River Terrapin, Batagur baska. Dr. Gerald Kuchling, renowned turtle reproductive physiologist from Chelonia Enterprise, recently supervised the laproscopic sexing of captive juvenile turtles at TSA’s program site in India. Dr. Kuchling’s finding, that the  majority of the animals was female, is significant…

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by Christine Bowie  On the evening of March 20, water from a dam on the Upper Chambal River in India was released causing major flooding to three TSA turtle hatcheries along the riverbanks. Fortunately, the TSA field team along with the help of the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department was able to swiftly recover all the eggs…

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by Heather Lowe  Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA-India) along with the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department (UPFD) recently rescued a 6.2 ft long male Ganges River Dolphin. It took more than two days and one night to recover the dolphin, which had strayed into a canal near the town of Badosaray in Northern India. The animal appeared unable…

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by Heather Lowe-  Congratulations to Mr. Santram Nishad, Field Technician with the TSA India program. Santram has been recognized as the region’s Staff Member of the Year, nominated by his peers for his dedication, hard work and thorough knowledge of many riverine turtle species. Santram joined TSA India three years ago as a former turtle poacher…

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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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by Rick Hudson on February 28, 2011 With all the country and trade reports as background information, and with the Red-listing behind us, the stage was finally set for the critical Day 3 of the workshop:  designing specific priority conservation actions for the most threatened species.  And though I am not at liberty to formally report the findings…

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by Rick Hudson  On Tuesday morning – day two of the workshop – the seventy workshop participants reviewed the “Red List,” an internationally recognized database of the world’s most vulnerable species. Participants from countries throughout Asia provided the most up-to-date information on the status of each species. A few were determined to be secure enough now…

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by Rick Hudson  We were happy to see some old friends and meet some new ones at the Conservation of Asian Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles workshop at the Singapore Zoo. Over 70 delegates from 20 countries, including 16 Asian nations were in attendance. Hosted by the Wildlife Reserves Singapore and the Wildlife Conservation Society, in collaboration…

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Surveys were resumed in late January to assess the status of nesting banks and enumerate associated threats for two endangered species of Batagur in India. After a rapid reconnaissance, two protected riverside hatcheries were established along the Chambal River near Garhaita (lower section, Uttar Pradesh) and Baroli Villages (upper section, Madhya Pradesh) in early February. Every year,…

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