TC Film about the Philippines Turtle Crisis

DISCLAIMER: This film contains graphic depictions of sick or deceased turtles that may be difficult for some viewers.

In June of this year, more than 3,800 Critically Endangered Palawan Forest Turtles were confiscated by authorities on Palawan Island in the Philippines. Within 36 hours, the TC’s Dr. Paul Gibbons and many other organizations and individuals from around the world flew there to help rehabilitate these turtles and return them to the wild. The TC’s James Liu went undercover there to get to the bottom of this global crisis and to capture it all on film. This TC film production, directed by James Liu, captures events at the crisis center, and records on hidden camera his visit the restaurant where the Philippine Forest Turtle was first rediscovered in 2001. James also managed to track down and interview one of the poachers of the confiscated turtles. What might have become a terrible tragedy turned into an amazing success story, due to the collaboration between organizations and individuals to save these turtles. We could not have done this important work without the incredibly generous support of donations from so many – thank you!

Annual Ploughshare Working Group Meeting in Madagascar

The shell of a Critically Endangered Radiated Tortoise for sale in a tourist market in Antananarivo. 

The shell of a Critically Endangered Radiated Tortoise for sale in a tourist market in Antananarivo. 

Eric Goode attended a meeting of the International Angonoka Working Group at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust offices in Madagascar where the dire situation of the Critically Endangered Ploughshare Tortoise was discussed. In attendance were the Malagasy government, TRAFFIC, Durrell, and Owen Griffiths of Beanka, among others. This tortoise is in grave danger of extinction in the wild, and it is difficult to remain optimistic about its future. On a positive note, the Malagasy government approved of a select group of ex situ facilities, including the TC and Durrell, having confiscated Ploughshare Tortoises. Owen Griffiths’s new conservation project, Beanka, located on the west coast of Madagascar, is set to open in 2016 and will include a research station, a program introducing juvenile Aldabra Tortoises, and a new secure area for Ploughshares.

UPDATE: Crisis in the Philippines

UPDATE: Crisis in the Philippines

A week ago we were alerted to the hearbreaking news that over 4,000 endangered turtles were confiscated from a well-organized syndicate of poachers in the Philippines, destined for the illegal food and pet trade markets in East Asia. Of these 4,000 animals, nearly 3,800 were Philippine Forest Turtles (Siebenrockiella leytensis), a Critically Endangered species that is endemic to the Island of Palawan.

Crisis in the Philippines

Crisis in the Philippines

Authorities in Palawan confiscated over 4,000 turtles just before they were to be shipped out from their native island in the Philippines. More than 3,800 of them were endemic Philippine Forest Turtles (Siebenrockiella leytensis), a species that exists only in a very small area in the northern end of Palawan.

Mission to Help Protect the Most Productive Arribada Beach for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles in Mexico

Mission to Help Protect the Most Productive Arribada Beach for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles in Mexico

In early March, the Turtle Conservancy traveled to the Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga (Mexican Turtle Center; CMT) in Mazunte, Oaxaca on a mission to help protect their native turtles (Olive Ridley Sea Turtle, Mexican Spotted Wood Turtle, Painted Wood Turtle, Ornate Slider, and others).

In wake of drought and fires, turtle habitat becomes death trap

Los Angeles Times - Biologists strode along the cracked, dry mud surrounding this evaporating north Los Angeles County lake last week, pausing periodically to pick up an emaciated turtle and wash alkaline dust off its head and carapace.

In wake of drought and fires, turtle habitat becomes death trap

Chicago Tribune - Biologists strode along the cracked, dry mud surrounding this evaporating north Los Angeles County lake last week, pausing periodically to pick up an emaciated turtle and wash alkaline dust off its head and carapace.

World Turtle Day

Friday, May 23, 2014 is the 14th annual World Turtle Day. The day was created to help raise awareness of the plight of turtles and their disappearing habitat globally. Join the movement this year by supporting the Turtle Conservancy’s conservation programs.

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Saving the Geometric Tortoise from Extinction

The Geometric Tortoise is one of the world’s most endangered chelonians, with less than one thousand left in the world, it deserves our protection. This April the Turtle Conservancy’s Eric Goode and Jim Juvik traveled to South Africa to work on protecting and securing some of the last remaining Geometric Tortoise habitat from development. In collaboration with Cape Nature and biologist Margaretha Hofmeyr, the TC is protecting one of the last strongholds of this Critically Endangered species. By protecting some of the largest remaining fragments of habitat we hope to give this beautiful species a fighting chance for survival.