by Heather Lowe  To the TSA’s many supporters, especially those that closely followed the Palawan Forest Turtle confiscation that dominated our summer, I want to share the following “wrap up” summary from Sabine Schoppe of the Katala Foundation. Her report is upbeat and positive: only six turtles remain in care, overall mortality was surprisingly low at 11.5%, and…

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by Rick Hudson  Where to start and how to summarize six weeks of whirlwind activity surrounding one of the most critical turtle confiscations that the turtle community has ever been called on to handle? First and foremost we want to say thanks to all of you for your support during the past six weeks. It has…

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by Heather Lowe  TSA’s Director of Animal Management Cris Hagen was the first member of the Turtle Survival Alliance staff to arrive in Palawan. After a week on site, Cris reports that “things are finally calming down and I think the general madness is over.” Since arriving, Cris has been helping to release turtles as they…

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by Rick Hudson  On Friday June 19, the turtle conservation community woke up to a nightmare: 3,800 critically endangered Philippine Forest Turtles (Siebenrockiella leytensis) confiscated in a Chinese warehouse in Palawan and in need of immediate assistance. The images were shocking, sickening: turtles being moved by the truckload to a rescue center not prepared to hold them.…

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