17th Conference of the Parties to CITES

17th Conference of the Parties to CITES

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.

CITES Meeting: Turtle Conservationists Urge Immediate Action To End Poaching Of Ploughshare Tortoise

CITES Meeting: Turtle Conservationists Urge Immediate Action To End Poaching Of Ploughshare Tortoise

Angonoka Working Group Calls on CITES Conference of the Parties and Government of Madagascar to Prevent Imminent Extinction of Emblematic Species

Saving a Mountain in Mexico

Saving a Mountain in Mexico

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. 

Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Wildlife Reserves Singapore

TC director, Eric Goode, sat down with Wildlife Reserves Singapore conservation director, Dr. Sonja Luz, and discussed issues of illegal trade, confiscations of Ploughshare Tortoises in Southeast Asia, and identified species both organizations can team up with and save from extinction.

China's Booming Turtle Trade

China's Booming Turtle Trade

On April 24th, Turtle Conservancy traveled to Shunde, China to present to the Shunde Turtle Breeder's Association. This turtle expo and conference was host to over 160 different breeding operations and 10,000 visitors...

AZA Certification

AZA Certification

“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.

Resurrecting Lonesome George

Resurrecting Lonesome George

Turtle Conservancy’s Dr. Paul Gibbons recently joined a team of over 60 scientists, field biologists, veterinarians, and park rangers on what has been called the most ambitious species recovery effort ever attempted.