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Philippine Forest Turtle Update

The Turtle Conservancy is thrilled to announce that of the original Palawan Forest Turtles confiscated from poachers this past June, only six remain in captivity at the Katala Foundation in Narra. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Dr. Sabine Schoppe, her coworkers, and volunteers at the Katala Foundation, almost 90% of the animals were able to be released back into the wild, in protected streams, where they belong...

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Geometric Tortoise Preserve

Spring has sprung in South Africa

Spring has sprung, our newly formed preserve is in bloom, and the tortoises are out of their burrows. The Turtle Conservancy is the proud new owner of a 212-acre property in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, which will be turned into a preserve to save the Geometric Tortoise, the world’s most endangered tortoise. This tortoise is under imminent threat of extinction, with fewer than 1,000 left in the wild. The fast diminishing ecosystem that it relies on is found nowhere else on the planet and is considered to be more botanically diverse than the richest tropical rainforest in South America. The preservation of this land is critical for the survival of the tortoise and of all of its rich biodiversity. We are under purchase agreement to buy two adjacent parcels of land, which we will combine with the first parcel to create the Geometric Tortoise Preserve. The purchase of this land is the last line of defense to save the Geometric Tortoise from extinction and to protect its habitat forever...

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Into the Field

Wood Turtles and Bog Turtles in New Jersey

Turtle Conservancy’s Maurice Rodrigues, James Liu, Max Maurer, and Christian Maurer participated in a local turtle survey. Masters student Thomas J. Duchak and Dr. Russell L. Burke (both of Hofstra University) are continuing a long-term (since 1998) study of a Wood Turtle population in New Jersey...

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Behler Chelonian Center Happenings

The Turtle Conservancy has had some exciting new hatchlings!

6 Golden Coin Turtles Critically Endangered: This lovable turtle is prized in “traditional” Chinese medicine for its purported health benefits; recently it was proclaimed by Chinese turtle farmers to provide a cure for cancer. Local farmers and villagers are slowly becoming poachers of this species because in many places the amount received for just one turtle can buy a house.

1 Forsten’s Tortoise (pictured above) Endangered: We know very little about the wild populations of this incredible tortoise. It is endemic to Sulawesi, Indonesia, where it is restricted to the northern arm of the island and is collected for local consumption and the pet trade.

1 Radiated Tortoise Critically Endangered: This striking tortoise is endemic to Madagascar and is found on the southern tip of the island. Heavy collection for local consumption and the pet trade is driving this tortoise to the brink of extinction.

1 Pancake Tortoise Critically Endangered: The carapace of this remarkable species is flattened, hence its name. It is commonly found in rock crevices in Tanzania and Kenya. Collection for the pet trade is destroying wild populations of this tortoise.

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Ojai Day

The Turtle Conservancy once again joined local artists, artisans, and nonprofits in our town's annual outreach event, Ojai Day. Hundreds of conservation-minded folks took joy in witnessing some of the rarest animals on the planet as they peacefully munched on leafy greens and bathed in the southern California sun. Our ambassadors included a few of the ridiculously cute hatchling Burmese Star Tortoises in addition to the inspiring and charismatic Galapagos and African Spurred Tortoises.

The Tortoise Magazine

Order the latest issue of The Tortoise or become a member of the Turtle Conservancy to get your complimentary copy. The first issue has already sold out - do not miss out on this opportunity and order No. 4 today!

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Dr. Peter Pritchard

A Hometown Hero

Dr. Peter Pritchard, President of the Chelonian Research Institute, is recognized internationally as a leading turtle expert and has been an icon in the turtle community for more than half a century. Now millions of visitors to Orlando are greeted by Dr. Peter Pritchard and a colorful Red-footed Tortoise at the Orlando International Airport. He was chosen by the Board of the Airport Authority as one of Orlando's "Hometown Heroes.”

A personal hero of TC President and Co-Founder Eric Goode, Dr. Pritchard’s books inspired in him a passion for turtle biodiversity and conservation. Pritchard was a recipient of the 2014 Turtle Conservancy Conservation Achievement Award.

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Wildlife Conservation Network Expo 2015

TC Participates in WCN's Annual Expo in San Francisco

On Saturday, October 10, Turtle Conservancy Managing Director Paul Gibbons and Collection Manager Christine Light attended the Wildlife Conservation Expo in San Francisco. Each year, the Wildlife Conservation Network hosts some of the world's leading conservationists to discuss topics including wildlife trade and leading edge species conservation programs. Dr. Jane Goodall's keynote address, "Sowing the Seeds of Hope" provided tremendous inspiration and motivation to continue working toward our goal of a world where all species are honored and respected for their roles in healthy, sustainable ecosystems.

Animal Adoptions

The Turtle Conservancy has surplus captive-born Burmese Black Mountain Tortoises (Manouria emys phayrei), Radiated Tortoises* (Astrochelys radiata), Burmese Star Tortoises (Geochelone platynota), Spiny Turtles (Heosemys spinosa), and Indian Spotted Turtles* (Geoclemys hamiltonii) available for adoption. *Requires a CBW permit.

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