Virtual Poster Session #2, 18th Annual Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles

Welcome to Poster Session #2 for the 18th Annual Symposium — A Virtual Experience — Visit this page beginning September 3rd, 2020 to view and comment on over 20 virtual posters related to Chelonian Research and Conservation. Session #2 presenters will be available to respond to comments on their posters! After September 24th, all virtual posters from Sessions #1 &…

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Historic Confiscation of Radiated Tortoises, Phase II: Transition to long-term care facility is complete

Radiated Tortoise

by Jordan Gray  A large juvenile Radiated Tortoise sits beside the commemorative stone placed at our Itampolo tortoise facility. On a late June morning, 62 days after the nearly 10,000 Radiated Tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) were seized from wildlife traffickers in Toliara, Madagascar, a large green truck departed the SOPTOM-CRCC “Village des Tortues” in Ifaty. Contained within…

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A Labor of Love!

Radiated Tortoise

by Jordan Gray  We’ve all heard the phrase “It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.” For our “Team Radiata 3” wave in Madagascar, this phrase is more of a calling—fueled by passion and love. Under the hot Malagasy sun, this amazing group of responders has been continuing the relief effort for the nearly…

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Farewell and Thank You Bonnie!

by Jordan Gray  “This past week, we said goodbye to Dr. Bonnie Raphael, the heart and soul of this operation for the past month, but not before celebrating her birthday with a fine celebration. Big jobs call for big personalities and Bonnie rose to the occasion as she always does. She is, as I am fond…

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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%…

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