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Turtles Seized in Senegal

A group of 12 turtles were seized in late May at the airport of Dakar LLS and assigned to the TSA Africa team by the CITES authorities of Senegal. IMG 0829The group was comprised of four African softshell turtles (Trionyx tringuis), four Home's hinge-back tortoises (Kinixys homeana), two Serrated hinge-back tortoises (Kinixys erosa) and two West African mud turtles (Pelusios castaneus). 

IMG 0845The turtles came from Nigeria bound for Europe, and didn't have the proper health papers required for transit. The TSA Africa team would like to thank the Senegalese CITES authorities (Captain Abba Sonko) for their cooperation.

The turtles cannot be returned to the wild, as their origin is unknown. Instead they will contribute to the conservation of their species as part of captive assurance colonies currently being managed by TSA Africa.
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Seized Turtles in the EU as a Source for Conservation

The European Union has traditionally been a very important market for the reptile trade. We all think of Germany, of course, but all the other countries have a strong appeal for traders, both legal and illegal. As the EU and National regulations became tighter (a process still going on), the illegal trade in turtles has grown, calling higher attention from several Law Enforcement Agencies throughout Europe. This has resulted in a number of seizures: although a complete picture is difficult to put together, information gathered by the writer point to an average of 2000-3000 specimen per year from 2005 to 2008.

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TSA Africa is Born

The African division of the Turtle Survival Alliance has been created and is based in Senegal, a small country in West Africa. The chairman of the group is Tomas Diagne, an agronomist who is also member of IUCN/TFTSG. TSA Africa’s main objective is the study and conservation of land tortoises and freshwater turtles and their natural habitats in Africa.

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