by Jordan Gray Red-crowned Roofed Turtle (India).For 5 species from the genus of riverine turtles Batagur, the second week of May has seen a bonanza of hatching activity! On Monday, 8 May, from India to Cambodia, a phenomenon like no other was observed as we received reports from our range-country programs and TSA partners of the year’s…

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by Rick Hudson  Throughout Asia, from remote nesting beaches to captive breeding facilities, River Terrapins (genus Batagur) have recently completed their hatching season. The accounts below summarize information from the countries where TSA works on Batagur recovery programs including India, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. The River Terrapins (Batagur) comprise six species of large, impressive, and at…

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by Shailendra Singh  The northern river terrapin (Batagur baska) is one of the world’s most endangered turtles with fewer than 50 adults at four captive locations and very little evidence of surviving wild specimens. The Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), in partnership with the West Bangal Forest Department, has been managing a conservation breeding program for this…

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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 Heather Lowe  Our efforts to secure a large female Northern River Terrapin (Batagur baska), believed to be the sole surviving representative of her species in Myanmar, came to a disappointing conclusion in November when the Board of Trustees at Botataung Pagoda refused to grant final permission for us to remove the aged turtle to a captive-breeding facility.…

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by Heather Lowe–  Continuing their on-going pursuit for remnant individuals of the Northern River Terrapin (Batagur baska) in Bangladesh, the team recently struck gold by locating what is believed to be an adult female that was recently obtained from the wild, getting them one step closer to finding (and protecting) what may be the last known…

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by Heather Lowe–   The Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), in partnership with the Vienna Zoo, is thrilled to announce that Rupali Ghosh has been honored with a Disney Conservation Hero Award from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF). The award recognizes local citizens for their tireless efforts to save wildlife, protect habitats and educate communities. Recipients…

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by Heather Lowe  The nesting season for wild Asian river terrapins (Batagur) is winding down, just on the heels of the recently completed Batagur workshop in Singapore and Malaysia in February, and we hope that the training will have an impact on hatching success. In Myanmar, Kalyar Platt (TSA Turtle Conservation Coordinator) just returned from the upper Chindwin…

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by Rick Hudson and Brian Horne  November 7, 2010:  “We succeeded in securing an additional three males however we missed saving one male by 5 minutes as it was slaughtered at the market.  If we had been just a few minutes earlier we could have stopped it from being slaughtered, but unfortunately we arrived after they…

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