10 Royal Turtles Released into their Natural Habitat

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kampong Seila (Jan 28, 2021) – The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the Department of Fisheries Conservation of the Fisheries Administration of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, ​​in collaboration with Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), today released ten critically endangered Royal Turtles (Batagur affinis) into the Sre Ambel River…

Read More

TSA Programs make an Impact for 20 of the Top 25 Most Endangered Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles – 2018

by Jordan Gray  A newly released report by the TSA and fellow turtle conservation organizations, collectively known as the Turtle Conservation Coalition, entitled “Turtles in Trouble: The World’s 25+ Most Endangered Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles – 2018” shows that tortoises and freshwater turtles are facing an almost unparalleled extinction crisis. This report indicates that over 50%…

Read More

Species Spotlight Vol. 14

by Jordan Gray  Southern River Terrapin (Batagur affinis) Countries of Origin: Cambodia, Indonesia (Sumatra, likely extirpated), Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore (reintroduced), Thailand (likely extirpated), and Vietnam (extirpated) IUCN Status: Critically Endangered Estimated surviving population: < 500 adults. Only two actively-protected nesting areas of value remain in the wild. Habitat: Large rivers, mangrove-bordered creeks, and coastal lagoons and estuaries. Biology and Habits: The…

Read More

A ‘Royal’ Conservation Effort for Cambodia

By Andrew Walde On November 1, 2017, I left for a multi-week trip to Cambodia with Brian Horne, Coordinator of Freshwater Turtle and Tortoise Conservation, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). The purpose of this trip was for two critically important agenda items for large riverine turtles: 1) The release of 25 critically endangered captive-reared adult Southern…

Read More

Batagur Bonanza!

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…

Read More

Turtles In Trouble

Click here  for a PDF version of the full report. The plight of the planet’s tortoises and turtles — creatures that have roamed the Earth for 220 million years — has never been greater, according to the newly released report “Turtles in Trouble: Top 25+ Endangered Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles .”  It shows the world’s 25 most endangered…

Read More