Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) programmes held at Nature Discovery Centre

Read the full article from The Sentinel HERE! BISWANATH CHARIALI: Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) India team conducted two teachers’ training workshops at Nature Discovery Centre, Biswanath Ghat and Halem Chariali LP School recently. The workshops were aimed at increasing awareness on threats and conservation of freshwater turtles and tortoises among school teachers and ways to…

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The Turtle Survival Alliance is undertaking a fresh survey of turtle species in the Terai region of Uttar Pradesh in Northern India.

Tricarinate Hill Turtle (Melanochelys tricarinata)

TSA’s Dr. Shailendra Singh said the survey would form the fundamental base for modifications in conservation plans, in accordance with the status of the region’s turtles. Programs for their protection and proliferation in their breeding grounds are essential for the conservation of biodiversity, as turtles play a crucial role of scavengers in aquatic ecosystems. Read…

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Turtle Team Aids in Gharial Rescue

by Heather Lowe  The TSA-India team, in association with the local forestry department, recently rescued a 14.5 foot male gharial from the Son River in India. The team encountered the male gharial basking with fishing nets wrapped around its snout in Son Gharial Sanctuary while they were conducting a turtle survey. In addition to being entangled…

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Joel Sartore Visits TSA India

by Heather Lowe  Acclaimed photographer, Joel Sartore recently visited TSA project site Kukrail Gharial Rehabilitation Center (KGRC) in Lucknow, India. Joel was there to work on his biodiversity project, Photo Ark. To date, Joel has photographed almost 4,200 species with the goal of raising public awareness of animals at risk. Prior to his visit to KGRC…

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TSA India Announces Staff Member of the Year

by Heather Lowe-  Congratulations to Mr. Santram Nishad, Field Technician with the TSA India program. Santram has been recognized as the region’s Staff Member of the Year, nominated by his peers for his dedication, hard work and thorough knowledge of many riverine turtle species. Santram joined TSA India three years ago as a former turtle poacher…

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Red-Crowned Roof Turtle Assurance Colony Grows in India

by Heather Lowe-  The TSA India team has been hard at work at the Kukrail Gharial and Turtle Conservation Center. Renovations were completed on two enclosures last month, followed by the modification of an unused adult gharial pond. The pond is six feet deep with a sandy nesting beach, perfect for the turtles which were just released…

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Wild Turtle Populations Boosted in India

by Heather Lowe–  The TSA India team experienced another successful season this year for the red-crowned roof turtle (Batagur kachuga) nest protection project in the National Chambal River Sanctuary. An average emergence rate of 90% has been observed from 800 Batagur nests that were protected across three hatcheries. In actual numbers, this translates into nearly 15,000 hatchlings! Of…

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