Posts Tagged ‘Madagascar’

Tragedy Befalls TSA’s Tortoise Conservation Center in Madagascar

For Immediate Release September 28, 2019 Tsihombe, Madagascar – Tragedy has struck the TSA’s Tortoise Conservation Center (TCC), the lynchpin of TSA’s efforts to prevent the extinction of the Radiated Tortoise from the wilds of Madagascar. Early Thursday morning, a fire broke out in the main office and living quarters of our senior staff there. With…

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Historic Confiscation of Radiated Tortoises, Phase II: Transition to long-term care facility is complete

by Jordan Gray  A large juvenile Radiated Tortoise sits beside the commemorative stone placed at our Itampolo tortoise facility. On a late June morning, 62 days after the nearly 10,000 Radiated Tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) were seized from wildlife traffickers in Toliara, Madagascar, a large green truck departed the SOPTOM-CRCC “Village des Tortues” in Ifaty. Contained within…

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Fantastic Four!

by Jordan Gray  It’s been nearly two months since the more than 10,000 Radiated Tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) were seized from wildlife traffickers, and our response teams are still hard at work in Madagascar! Currently, “Team Radiata 4” continues this profound relief effort by providing daily medical and animal care for the thousands of tortoises still at…

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A Labor of Love!

by Jordan Gray  We’ve all heard the phrase “It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.” For our “Team Radiata 3” wave in Madagascar, this phrase is more of a calling—fueled by passion and love. Under the hot Malagasy sun, this amazing group of responders has been continuing the relief effort for the nearly…

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Farewell and Thank You Bonnie!

by Jordan Gray  “This past week, we said goodbye to Dr. Bonnie Raphael, the heart and soul of this operation for the past month, but not before celebrating her birthday with a fine celebration. Big jobs call for big personalities and Bonnie rose to the occasion as she always does. She is, as I am fond…

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Veterinary Teamwork makes the Tortoise Dream Work!

by Jordan Gray  To provide exceptional medical care to the thousands of Radiated Tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) seized from wildlife traffickers on April 10, 2018 in Toliara, Madagascar, it takes an amazing assemblage of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and supporting animal care specialists! The veterinary team works at the treatment table inside the on-site clinic at Village des…

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Changing of the Guard!

by Jordan Gray  This past weekend in Ifaty, Madagascar, we again said goodbye to an incredible group of wildlife warriors and hello to a new! During each transition period between response teams, it is important that we ensure the nearly 10,000 Radiated Tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) continue to receive world-class veterinary and animal care. To ensure a…

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Enough Food for an Army!

by Jordan Gray  With so many hungry mouths to feed, we must ensure all of the nearly 10,000 Radiated Tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) seized from wildlife traffickers receive proper nutrition. To do this, each day, hundreds of pounds of food is purchased, delivered, and distributed to the thousands of tortoises being cared for at the SOPTOM-CRCC’s “Village…

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“Salama” Team Radiata 2!

by Jordan Gray  Just as quickly as we said goodbye to most of “Team Radiata 1,” we have said “hello” or “salama” to a new group of amazing wildlife warriors in Ifaty, Madagascar! “Team Radiata 2” arrived from the United States over the weekend and beginning of this week, and again consists of veterinarians, veterinary technicians,…

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People Make the Difference!

by Jordan Gray  If humans are the problem for the tortoises and turtles of the earth, humans must also be the solution! As human-created pressures continue to mount for the well over 400 species and subspecies of tortoises and turtles on this planet, it takes incredible people to make a difference. Here in Madagascar, many of…

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