Saving Nicaragua's Leatherback Sea Turtles

Saving Nicaragua's Leatherback Sea Turtles

Turtle Conservancy partner, Paso Pacifico, is making an impact on the populations of sea turtles living along the Pacific coast of Nicaragua. Back in August 2018, the TC ran a fundraiser called "Save the Leatherback Sea Turtle" which many of you responded to. Those funds are now supporting Paso Pacifico's work hiring local rangers, building leatherback sea turtle hatcheries, and patrolling beaches for nesting females. Community members in this program have successfully protected 8 leatherback nests! In addition, 3 hawksbill turtle nests and over 50 green turtle and 200 olive ridley turtle nests were protected!

Saving Vietnam's Tropical Turtles

Saving Vietnam's Tropical Turtles

The Turtle Conservancy sent a delegation to Hanoi, Vietnam this past month in an effort to build strategic partnerships in the region and to develop a standardized method for evaluating the  field status of tropical turtles and tortoises, which would. The group was invited by the Turtle Sanctuary, a new organization in Vietnam led by Benjamin LePrince, Luca Luiselli, Thong Pham Van, Olivier Le Duc, and Cedric Bordes.

Galapagos Expedition

Galapagos Expedition

TC board member, Dr. Russell Mittermeier, and TC veterinarian Dr. James Liu went to the Galapagos Islands this past month, taking donors on a trip of a lifetime. In partnership with Lindblad Expeditions, the two took travelers through 6 islands, exploring the evolutionary wonders of the tortoises, birds, and more...

Wildlife Trade Update

Wildlife Trade Update

The Turtle Conservancy continues to assist the US Fish and Wildlife Service in triage management of confiscated turtles and tortoises from the illegal wildlife trade. In total, the Turtle Conservancy has taken in over 100 animals in 2018. The majority of which are U.S. species being exported to Asia…

Crisis in Madagascar

Crisis in Madagascar

The Turtle Conservancy is on the forefront of the fight against the illegal wildlife trade in Madagascar. We work on both ends of the supply chain in Madagascar and Asia. Numerous articles and network news stories have covered our work fighting the trade in endangered tortoises, including CBS 60 Minutes, Charlie Rose, The New Yorker, click on the link below to learn more and make a donation today. Give your gift today to save Madagascar's imperiled tortoises.

Official Launch of the Indian Ocean Tortoise Alliance (IOTA)

Official Launch of the Indian Ocean Tortoise Alliance (IOTA)

In a bold move to stress the pivotal role of the Aldabra tortoise in regional ecosystem restoration, as well as shed light on the plight of this particular species in the face of climate change and human interference, a collective of conservationists and philanthropists have announced the establishment of the Indian Ocean Tortoise Alliance (IOTA), on the occasion of the first edition of the Paris Peace Forum – a new annual meeting for global governance actors…

Vote for the Environment

Vote for the Environment

What can you do, you ask? Vote. VOTE. VOTE. VOTE!! The midterm elections on November 6 offer all Americans a chance to shape our (and the turtles’) future for the better. If you believe that climate change is real, if you don't like wildlife poaching, if you don't want to see even more endangered turtles and other wildlife go extinct, you can vote for candidates who share your values. Vote! The turtles are counting on you...

Conservation Center Improvements

From Left: Juan, Lukasz, Armando, Noel, Julio, Simon, Oscar

From Left: Juan, Lukasz, Armando, Noel, Julio, Simon, Oscar

We have been busy transitioning the turtles to fall temperatures in southern California at the same time our Conservation Center has undergone many improvements to the animal husbandry facilities during the month of October. The large greenhouse that houses the asian species of turtles got a major facelift, with all new enclosures and ponds to better fit the needs of the turtles living within. We sunk galvanized metal troughs into the ground to create individual ponds for our Chinese big-headed turtles. And began the process of updating the setups in the small greenhouse to fully maximize the space — we expect to have this complete by the end of next month.

Many thanks to the dedicated team who made all of this possible: Juan Hernandez, Lukasz Pogorzelski, Armando Jimenez, Noel Martinez, Julio Zarrate, Simon Rouot, and Oscar Centeno!

In Memory of Bill Branch

In Memory of Bill Branch

The wildlife world mourns the passing of William R. Branch, one of the preeminent turtle biologists of Africa. There, Bill carved out a niche as the world’s leading authority on African freshwater turtles and tortoises, epitomized in his book, Tortoises, Terrapins and Turtles of Africa.