Ploughshare Tortoise Trafficking Update

Last week Turtle Conservancy colleague Torsten Blanck published an alarming report on the current status of illegal Ploughshare Tortoises in China…


World Turtle Day

Happy World Turtle Day


Earth Day 2014

Turtles and Tortoises are the most threatened group of vertebrates on Earth, with over half of all their species threatened with extinction. Earth Day is a time to demonstrate your support for the protection of our planet and its environment.


Sending Tortoises to Sir Richard Branson’s Private Island

Representing the Turtle Conservancy, Actor (and tortoise enthusiast) Julian Sands traveled to Necker Island to deliver some very special cargo: Critically Endangered Burmese Star Tortoises and Endangered Burmese Black Mountain Tortoises, which were all bred by the Turtle Conservancy.


AZA Chelonian Advisory Group Meeting

On April 17th, Turtle Conservancy’s Christine Light and Dr. Paul Gibbons attended the annual Chelonian Advisory Group (ChAG) Meeting for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) hosted by the San Antonio Zoo.


Saving the Geometric Tortoise from Extinction

The Geometric Tortoise is one of the world’s most endangered chelonians, with less than one thousand left in the world, it deserves our protection.


Ploughshare Tortoise Confiscation Update

Just before the Holidays, Turtle Conservancy’s Managing Director and veterinarian, Dr. Paul Gibbons, returned to Bangkok, Thailand together with Durrell representatives to teach a seminar on managing the health and husbandry of large groups of confiscated turtles and tortoises.


World’s Rarest Tortoises to Lose Face Value

Conservation organizations fighting to save one of the world’s most threatened tortoises from poachers are resorting to a drastic measure—engraving identification codes onto the animals’ shells to reduce their black market value.


Investigating the Turtle Trade in Nicaragua

Turtle Conservancy travels to Nicaragua to investigate the trade of Painted Wood Turtles.


Reintroduction of the Burmese Star Tortoise

Turtle Conservancy travels to Myanmar with a delegation from WCS and TSA to assist with the reintroduction of the Burmese Star Tortoise.