The Turtle Conservancy's director of international conservation programs, Peter Paul van Dijk recently returned from the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The conference was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from September 24th to October 5th.
The Turtle Conservancy has secured 1,000 acres of Tropical Deciduous Forest in southern Sonora, Mexico, for the protection of the newly described Goode’s Thornscrub Tortoise. The habitat of the tortoise will also help save an incredible amount of biodiversity. Over a 4 day bioblitz conducted on the reserve by an international group of researchers, the team captured or observed 28 species of reptiles, 10 amphibians, six fish, two mountain lions and two jaguars.
Jairo Mora Sandoval was killed trying to protect Costa Rica’s sea turtles from poachers. But on the beach where he died, poachers still rule. Did Jairo die in vain? A story from Issue 3 of The Tortoise Magazine.
“By meeting the highest standards, the Turtle Conservancy has shown it is a true leader in wildlife conservation.” “It takes hard work and dedication to meet Association of Zoos and Aquariums Standards,” said AZA Interim President and CEO Kris Veers at the Turtle Conservancy's 5-year recertification hearing.