by Heather Lowe  The TSA India team has been hard at work at the Kukrail Gharial and Turtle Center in Lucknow. Renovations were recently completed on two different enclosures, to better accomodate the turtles that are managed there. An old, unused aviary was divided into multiple sections, one of which will hold tortoises, while the other…

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by Heather Lowe  The Black Softshell Turtle (Nilssonia nigricans) is a critically endangered species endemic to North-eastern India and Bangladesh. It was long thought to exist in only one temple pond in Bangladesh. Fortunately, the species has been confirmed at a few spots in the Brahmaputra River drainage in the state of Assam and in some…

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by Christine Bowie  The TSA India team, along with the Lucknow and Kanpur Zoos, recently launched a comprehensive pilot program for zoo volunteers. The initiative was aimed at improving conservation education and animal awareness among zoo guests and also included a program to prepare participants for a possible future in the management of zoo animal collections.…

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by Rick Hudson  For the third straight year, the survival prospects for one of the world’s most endangered freshwater turtles, the Sundarbans River Terrapin (Batagur baska), have improved substantially. Recently we reported on a flurry of nesting activity at the breeding center at Bhawal National Park in Bangladesh, where six females laid clutches of eggs, including a…

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by Heather Lowe  TSA India celebrated World Turtle Day in a big way! Events were organized across various TSA conservation projects sites to mark the occasion and to raise awareness about turtles. The TSA conducted a “Turtle Safari,” in which 25 participants from different parts of the country traveled to the Chambal River to visit the…

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by Heather Lowe  On 15 May, 155 Spotted Pond Turtles (Geoclemys hamiltonii) were confiscated in the Auraiya district of India. The turtles were discovered as a result of a car crash involving the smugglers. The range officer from the National Chambal Sanctuary in Etawah, Mr. Suresh Chandra Rajput, was notified of the seizure and his team…

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by Heather Lowe  In April, Lucknow, India experienced a massive thunderstorm. As a result, many trees were uprooted at the Turtle and Gharial Breeding Centre at Kukrail. Most of the trees fell in open areas and ponds which house breeding gharials and crocodiles, which will require extensive cleanup. However, the most significant damage was done to…

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by Heather Lowe  The Turtle Survival Alliance-India (TSA India) Turtle Conservation Program and the West Bengal Forest Department (WBFD) have been working in partnership in an effort to save the critically endangered Sundarban, or Northern, river terrapin (Batagur baska) from extinction. In 2008, TSA India inspected the Batagur pond at Sajnekhali at the Tiger Reserve headquarters, and captured…

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by Lonnie McCaskill  TSA Board Member Lonnie McCaskill dedicates a significant amount of his personal time to serving as mentor to the incredibly hard-working TSA India team. He spent March 8-31, 2014 visiting program sites throughout India with the program’s director, Shailendra Singh. This is his trip report. Enjoy! I arrived in Lucknow on the morning…

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by Heather Lowe  World Turtle Day was observed on May 23 at various project sites of the Turtle Survival Alliance’s India program to raise awareness about the diversity and threats to the nation’s non-marine chelonians. TSA has been organising such education and awareness campaigns and events targeting various stakeholders along with its turtle conservation and research…

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