The Turtle Survival Alliance Foundation (TSA) announced today finalized plans to purchase a facility that will house some of the world’s most endangered freshwater turtles and tortoises. Located near Charleston, South Carolina, the Turtle Survival Center will maintain living groups, or assurance colonies, of many species facing an uncertain future in the wild.
Despite being one of the most culturally significant and iconic species in Madagascar, the Radiated Tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) is being catapulted to extinction because it is a source of food for local people and a highly-prized commodity for poachers. Surveys conducted in March by the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), The Orianne Society, and Nautilus Ecology showed that unsustainable harvesting, collection for the illegal pet trade, and habitat loss will continue to spell doom for this species unless a unified and holistic approach to ensure its survival is taken.
The plight of the planet's tortoises and turtles -- creatures that have roamed the Earth for 220 million years -- has never been greater, according to a detailed report released today by the Turtle Conservation Coalition. It shows the world's 25 most endangered tortoises and freshwater turtles will become extinct in the next few decades without concerted conservation efforts.
The 5th annual Behler Award was presented on August 19, 2010 to Bernard Devaux in Orlando, Florida at the 8th Annual Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles.
San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research, the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have signed a two year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) detailing the creation of a global conservation program on freshwater turtles and tortoises under the supervision of Dr. Brian D. Horne (Conservation Research Postdoctoral Fellow).
A team of biologists from the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) report that Madagascar’s radiated tortoise – considered one of the most beautiful tortoise species – is rapidly nearing extinction due to rampant hunting for its meat and the illegal pet trade. The team predicts that unless drastic conservation measures take place, the species will be driven to extinction within the next 20 years.
Rick Hudson, TSA President, is one of 29 animal conservationists nominated to receive the Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation.
The 4th annual Behler Award was presented to Gerald Kuchling in St. Louis, Missouri, in August 2009 at the 7th Annual Symposium on Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles.
The award honors the memory of John Behler, previous Chair of the Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group and Curator of Herpetology at the Bronx Zoo, Wildlife Conservation Society.
The TSA: Building Strategic Partnerships for Turtle Conservation in Asia (AZA Connect Magazine, May 2007)
Expanding a Global Network: The Turtle Survival Alliance (AZA Connect Magazine, May 2005)