More Spotted Pond Turtles Rescued

by Heather Lowe  In June, 63 Spotted Pond Turtles (Geoclemyshamiltonii) were rescued from the illegal wildlife trade in India. In coordination with Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra Forest Department, the TSA-India Team transferred the turtles to the Kukrail Gharial and Turtle Rehabilitation Center (KGTRC) in Lucknow. The previous month, the TSA-India team had participated in the repatriation of…

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Spotted Pond Turtles Return Home

by Heather Lowe  TSA-India had a big reason to celebrate on World Turtle Day. In coordination with the Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra forest department and the Thane Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), TSA-India assisted in the repatriation of 335 Spotted Pond Turtles (Geoclemys hamiltonii). The animals, which were illegally collected, were rescued over…

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Renovations Completed in India

by Heather Lowe  The TSA India team has been hard at work at the Kukrail Gharial and Turtle Center in Lucknow. Renovations were recently completed on two different enclosures, to better accomodate the turtles that are managed there. An old, unused aviary was divided into multiple sections, one of which will hold tortoises, while the other…

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Repatriated Turtles Released in Pakistan

by Heather Lowe  The Turtle Survival Alliance recently commended the countries of China and Pakistan on the repatriation of 204 Black Pond Turtles (Geoclemys hamiltonii) that had been confiscated on 15 June 2014 in northwest China. We are pleased to announce that WWF-Pakistan in collaboration with the Sindh Wildlife Department, has since successfully released the turtles into their natural habitat.…

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TSA Commends China and Pakistan on Repatriation

by Heather Lowe  On Monday, August 18, 2014, authorities of the People’s Republic of China handed over 204 Black Pond Turtles (Geoclemys hamiltonii) to the authorities of Pakistan. The animals, mostly adults, had been confiscated on 15 June 2014 in the Tajik Autonomous County of Taxkorgan, in northwest China’s Xinjian Uygur Autonomous Region, which borders Pakistan.…

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Spotted Pond Turtles Rescued in India

by Heather Lowe  On 15 May, 155 Spotted Pond Turtles (Geoclemys hamiltonii) were confiscated in the Auraiya district of India. The turtles were discovered as a result of a car crash involving the smugglers. The range officer from the National Chambal Sanctuary in Etawah, Mr. Suresh Chandra Rajput, was notified of the seizure and his team…

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