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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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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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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Enough Food for an Army!

Radiated Tortoise

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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Farewell! Au revoir! Veloma!

by Jordan Gray  This past weekend, most of “Team Radiata 1” said goodbye to Madagascar and the nearly 10,000 Radiated Tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) for which they had spent the better part of two weeks caring for. This amazing team of wildlife warriors was the first of several teams scheduled to depart the United States to provide…

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Update from Madagascar: 4/24/2018, Part 1 of 2

by Jordan Gray Ifaty, Madagascar – Update from Madagascar – April 24, 2018, Part 1 of 2. Yesterday, Monday, April 23, 2018 was the first day on-site for the team of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, husbandry specialists, pathologists, and communications specialists at SOPTOM-Villages des Tortues where the nearly 10,000 Radiated Tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) seized in a…

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