The Turtle Conservancy held its fall 2018 board meeting in Alamos, Mexico this month. We had a productive and beautiful three days spending time in the field and discussing Mexican land stewardship with representatives of international and regional NGOs.
The Turtle Conservancy has purchased and protected over 53,000 acres of critical habitat including 43,540 acres in Mexico for the Bolson Tortoise (Gopherus flavomarginatus), 1,000 acres also in Mexico for Goode’s Thornscrub Tortoise (Gopherus evgoodei), and 900 acres in South Africa for the Geometric Tortoise (Psammobates geometricus). Further, it has helped to outright purchase 26 acres and protect 7,363 acres for the Palawan Forest Turtle (Siebenrockiella leytensis) in the Philippines.
This is the core of what we do and who we are. We could not have reached this milestone without your support. As a small NGO, every dollar donated goes directly to our work in the field, including land purchases. These critical land acquisitions help stem the tides of agricultural/urban development, destruction of indigenous cultures, and climate change. Not only do we protect turtles and tortoises, but also a whole host of biodiversity including jaguars, pangolins, leopards, caracal, parrots and thousands of other animal and plant species.
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.