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.

2013 Sabin Turtle Conservation Prize

This newly created, $20,000 award is the biggest for turtle conservation in the world and aims to recognize individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the conservation of tortoises and freshwater turtles.

TC Travels to Myanmar in Search of Locations for Additional in Range Assurance Colonies for the Critically Endangered Burmese Star Tortoise

Outside of Myanmar, the Turtle Conservancy’s Behler Chelonian Center breeds more Burmese Star Tortoises than any other institution in the world. Turtle Conservancy’s Dr. Paul Gibbons and Maurice Rodrigues recently visited Myanmar to search for locations where we can help establish additional assurance colonies for the Burmese Star Tortoise.

Establishing Assurance Colonies on Necker Island

In June Eric Goode and Ross Kiester surveyed Sir Richard Branson’s Necker and Moskito Islands in the British Virgin Islands to learn about their ecology and see how Branson keeps his Aldabra and Red-footed Tortoises.

Mission to Save One of the Most Endangered Animals on the Planet

In late May, the Turtle Conservancy in collaboration with Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust mobilized after getting the clearance to send a delegation to assist the Thai authorities in stabilizing the remaining confiscated tortoises and providing species-appropriate husbandry.

Behler Chelonian Center Update: May 2013

Several interesting hatches this month; Jim Buskirk visited the BCC; Patagonia funded the purchase of a new diagnostic ultrasound machine

Happy World Turtle Day!

Happy World Turtle Day 2013