Turtle Conservancy travels to Nicaragua to investigate the trade of Painted Wood Turtles.
Turtle Conservancy travels to Myanmar with a delegation from WCS and TSA to assist with the reintroduction of the Burmese Star Tortoise.
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.
Recent hatclings, visitors and Ploughshare Tortoise updates.
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.
Several interesting hatches this month; Jim Buskirk visited the BCC; Patagonia funded the purchase of a new diagnostic ultrasound machine
Happy World Turtle Day 2013
Last week Turtle Conservancy Chief Scientist Ross Kiester accompanied Dr. Liz Willey, post-doctoral research associate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, on her fieldwork monitoring the status of Blanding’s Turtle in eastern Massachusetts.
There are only a few hundred adult Ploughshare Tortoises left in the wild, occupying a tiny geographic area less than 1/10th the size of Manhattan. These minuscule numbers and the intense demand from the illegal wildlife trade, make the Ploughshare the most endangered tortoise in the world. Turtle Conservancy sponsored PhD student, Andrea Currylow, recently visited the Baly Bay region of Madagascar to study and assess the remaining wild Ploughshare Tortoises.