TSA’s Turtle Month Turtle Heroes — Week 4

Welcome to Week 4 of TSA’s Turtle Month! Every day, from Earth Day through World Turtle Day® on May 23rd, TSA is highlighting the people who make possible our collaborative programs across the world for the preservation of threatened turtles and tortoises. Without these Turtle Heroes, we could not achieve our vision of Zero Turtle Extinction! For their…

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Species Spotlight: Bourret’s Box Turtle

Bourret’s Box Turtle (Cuora bourreti) Countries of Origin: Laos, Vietnam IUCN Status: Critically Endangered Habitat: Mountainous evergreen forests Size:  ≤ 20 cm (~8 in.) Fast Facts: – Described to science in 1994 by Fritz Jürgen Obst and Michael Reimann. – Named in honor of René Léon Bourret (1884-1957), a French zoologist and herpetologist. – Males and females are generally of the…

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TSC End of Winter Update

By Nathan Haislip Winter time is usually a slower season at the Turtle Survival Center (TSC), and although many of our turtles at the TSC slow down or go completely into brumation, the staff does not. During this “off-season” where husbandry demands are lower, our staff focus on facility improvements and the building of new…

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Species Spotlight Vol. 15

by Jordan Gray  Yellow (Golden)-headed Box Turtle (Cuora aurocapitata) Countries of Origin: China (Anhui Province) IUCN Status: Critically Endangered Estimated surviving population:  Considered functionally extinct Habitat: Clear, fast-flowing, hillside streams Biology and Habits: Little has been documented regarding the wild ecology of the Yellow-headed Box Turtle. A highly aquatic species, this turtle rarely leaves the confines of the streams in which…

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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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TSC Hatches Seven Species

by Jordan Gray  Autumn is always a busy time at the Turtle Survival Center as we welcome new members of endangered species of turtles and tortoises into the world. In the last two months we have greeted an additional seven species of terrestrial and freshwater turtle to the TSC. 1. Southeast Asian Box Turtle (Cuora amboinensis)…

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Species Spotlight Vol. 6

by Jordan Gray  Female Four-eyed Turtle at the Turtle Survival Center. Photo Credit: Nathan Haislip Male Four-eyed Turtle owned by Steve Enders. Photo Credit: Lisa Enders Four-eyed Turtle (Sacalia quadriocellata) Countries of Origin: People’s Republic of China, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Vietnam IUCN Status:  Endangered Estimated surviving population: Unknown/Declining Habitat: Streams, brooks, and small pools in association with montane, evergreen,…

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Species Spotlight Vol. 5

by Jordan Gray  Photo Credit: Sheena Koeth McCord’s Box Turtle (Cuora mccordi) Countries of Origin: People’s Republic of China IUCN Status: Critically Endangered Estimated surviving population: Unknown/Functionally Extinct Habitat: Bamboo forests within and broadleaf forests accompanied by shallow wetlands and small streams in a secret area of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of southeast China. Habits: In the wild, McCord’s Box…

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Second TSC Cuora Complex Update

by Howard Goldstein  2017 is poised to be another great year for the Turtle Survival Center (TSC), as a second Cuora Complex moves ever nearer to completion. The genus Cuora, or Asian Box Turtles, comprises some of the most critically endangered turtle species in the world, as its members are highly sought for the international pet trade,…

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Quarantine Building Nearing Completion

by Admin  We are pleased to announce that the new Quarantine (QT) facility will soon be completed and operational at TSC. As a major breeding center dedicated to the long term species survival of the populations of over two dozen endangered turtle species, this new facility will greatly expand the Center’s ability to properly quarantine incoming…

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