Radio-tracking Radiated Tortoises – Travel Blog Vol. 4

April 6, 2022 By Brett Bartek Back to so-called “civilization.” Although a return to the capital of Antananarivo means regular showers and a cheeseburger lunch in a French restaurant, it also means traffic jams, pollution, panhandling, and the overall busy nature that comes with any big city. While in the field, time is regulated by…

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TSA’s Turtle Month Turtle Heroes — Week 4

Welcome to Week 4 of TSA’s Turtle Month! Every day, from Earth Day through World Turtle Day® on May 23rd, TSA is highlighting the people who make possible our collaborative programs across the world for the preservation of threatened turtles and tortoises. Without these Turtle Heroes, we could not achieve our vision of Zero Turtle Extinction! For their…

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Radio-tracking Radiated Tortoises – Travel Blog Vol. 3

April 2, 2022 By Brett Bartek After returning from Lavanono we spent three more days at the tortoise release site. With all of the hard work complete, we were left with the fun work of simply trying to locate all of our transmittered tortoises one last time before the TSA staff whom we trained return…

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Radio-tracking Radiated Tortoises – Travel Blog Vol. 2

March 25, 2022 By Lance Paden The 17th of March started like most days our first full week in-country. We had an early breakfast consisting of rice, toast-like crackers with orange jam/Laughing Cow Cheese, and a cup of hot black tea. We then loaded down the Toyota Hilux with a full bed of gear and…

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Radio-tracking Radiated Tortoises – Travel Blog Vol. 1

9 March 2022 by Brett Bartek Antanananrivo, Madagascar—On Saturday March 6th, Lance Paden and I started the 37-hour journey to the island country of Madagascar. Here we are going to assist with the repatriation of 1,000 Radiated Tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) that were once confiscated from poachers. Eight months ago these tortoises were chosen, based on size…

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New Year in Madagascar Begins as it Ended

by Jordan Gray Two weeks ago, as Turtle Survival Alliance was preparing for a new year of turtle conservation, we were quickly reminded that 2021 was not over yet. At 8:00 PM local time on December 30th, TSA-Madagascar headquarters received word from our staff that a large number of tortoises were being smuggled out of…

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1,000 Radiated Tortoises Return to the Wild

For Immediate Release A Thousand Radiated Tortoises Return to the Wild in Madagascar August 9, 2021 CONTACT:      Amy Carter, Turtle Survival Alliance, (843) 608-9369, acarter@turtlesurvival.org • 1,000 Radiated Tortoises seized from illegal trafficking returned to the wild in Madagascar.• Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) and Madagascar’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development initiate ‘Confiscation to Reintroduction…

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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

Radiated Tortoise

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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