AUTRE Magazine: Biodiversity Issue

AUTRE Magazine: Biodiversity Issue

With a focus on the plight of endangered species, AUTRE Magazine dedicated a unique cover story to the Turtle Conservancy in where filmmaker (director of Tiger King) and former nightlife impresario, Eric Goode, has created a headquarters for saving the rarest and most threatened turtles and tortoises on Earth...

Field Biology and Conservation Through The Lens of Turtles

Field Biology and Conservation Through The Lens of Turtles

School is back in session and once again we have teamed up with our neighbors, The Thacher School, by incorporating turtle conservation into several class curriculums. This year the Field Biology and Conservation course has expanded to two separate sections plus an advanced class. For the duration of the school year, each student will be paired up with one of our giant tortoise ambassadors where they will be conducting weekly behavioral observations and health checks!

Turtle Smuggler Sentenced

Turtle Smuggler Sentenced

In December of 2019 we shared the news of a turtle trafficking network that had been uncovered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Postal Service. The two year long investigation documented a plan to illegally export over 769 native North American turtles (of many protected species) to China for the international pet trade. The investigation led to the arrest of a Chinese national and halted this particular operation. Nearly three years after his arrest, the man who pleaded guilty to purchasing and planning to export these turtles was finally sentenced earlier this month…

Species Highlight

Species Highlight

Aldabra tortoises are one of the last two groups of giant tortoises remaining. They are endemic to the Seychelles, specifically on the Aldabra Atoll, which is an island country located in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa. The Aldabra Atoll is about 18 miles long and is made up of four other islands. It is believed that the tortoises are not originally native to the Seychelles and were most likely introduced to the atoll by sailors. The species is currently listed as vulnerable by the IUCN Red List...

Hatching Season Success

Hatching Season Success

The month of August was filled with anticipation as we awaited for the hatch date of several endangered turtles and tortoises! Some of our hatchlings included: Big-headed turtles (a first for the Conservancy), Ryukyu Black-breasted Leaf Turtles, Parrot-beaked Tortoises, and more...

NFTs Support Conservation

NFTs Support Conservation

Last month, two tech-savvy and entrepreneurial fans created one thousand digital turtles thriving on the Ethereum blockchain, and they donated all mint proceeds to our conservation efforts! Click the link to learn more about their work and how to make cryptocurrency donations to the Turtle Conservancy...

Turtle Tales

Turtle Tales

Last month our education coordinator, Manci Rasmussen, and Thacher School intern, Katie Vyhnal, were invited to join our local library and elementary school for their weekly children's storytime event. That week’s topic happened to be turtles, so we took this opportunity to share our mission to protect turtles and tortoises and their natural habitats with the kids...

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Attention turtle enthusiasts! We currently have some volunteer positions open at the Turtle Conservancy’s conservation center in Southern California. We are looking for experienced and competent individuals to aid in the following roles: keeper’s aids, registrar assistants, horticulture, food prep, and tour docents...

News from Our Conservation Center

News from Our Conservation Center

We are delighted to share that two Impressed tortoises have hatched at our conservation center! This vulnerable, and elusive, species is native to scattered areas of mainland Southeast Asia, where its occurrence is restricted to the higher altitude bamboo and scrub forest slope habitats of the hill and low mountain range areas...

Ojai Valley Conservation

Ojai Valley Conservation

Last week, the Turtle Conservancy’s education team, Kelly Herbinson and Manci Rasmussen, presented at our local City Hall to the youth members of the Green Valley Project about our native Southern Pacific Pond Turtle. The focus was to discuss our current conservation efforts for the species, why the turtles are facing a population decline, and how their organization can aid in their conservation...

Pond Turtle Search Continues

Pond Turtle Search Continues

Turtle Conservancy staff and interns spent a day in the field at Sespe Cienega, a site along the Santa Clara River corridor in Fillmore, California, planning for upcoming Southern Pacific Pond Turtle surveys at the site. The TC is partnering with the Santa Clara River Conservancy, who is working to restore the site back to its riparian and marshland glory…

New Conservation Partnership

New Conservation Partnership

We have developed a new partnership with the Santa Fe River Turtle Project (SFRTP) in northern Florida. The SFRTP is a collaborative effort by scientists, students, and citizens to learn about the turtles inhabiting the Santa Fe River and to promote conservation of the entire Santa Fe River ecosystem. Since 2004 the project has examined, measured, marked, and released more than 10,000 turtles. Over 250 students and citizens have participated in this project during the past 18 years...

Box Turtle Awareness

Box Turtle Awareness

Summer is here in the United States, and as well as backyard barbeque parties, that also means regular lawn mowing. Summer is also the time that female turtles move about to find their preferred places to nest, and last year’s hatchlings are exploring their new world. The encounter between a lawnmower and a turtle all too frequently ends in tragedy, even if not noticed by the human; but we can do something about that!

Giants in the Classroom

Giants in the Classroom

It does not happen every day that elementary, middle and high school children share their classroom with Galapagos and Aldabra Tortoises. This summer, however, the time has come when these gentle giants finally made it to school, as Turtle Conservancy launched its academic virtual field trip program...

Shellebrate World Turtle Day?

Shellebrate World Turtle Day?

Did you know only 15% of the world’s lands are protected and over 50% of all turtles are facing extinction? The science is clear: Change is needed for future generations to survive and enjoy a world filled with nature. The Turtle Conservancy has secured over 65,000 acres of vulnerable habitat in Mexico, Africa and Asia. By conserving nature, we contribute to the overall health of the planet’s ecosystems and, hopefully, to the continued prosperity of our species...

South Africa Update

South Africa Update

In March we announced something big—an additional parcel added to our Geometric Tortoise preserve in South Africa. As fall begins in South Africa we have hit the ground running to protect tortoises on this new 217-acre property. This week we will begin to conduct surveys for Geometric Tortoises in this new area in addition to the mark-recapture population monitoring that will continue throughout the preserve...

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

In April we celebrated the second Earth Day under the COVID-19 Pandemic. We hope you had a happy earth day and were able to reflect on the undeniable connection between the health of the planet and the health of humankind. For many turtle species around the world, the pandemic has been a respite from human impact on nesting beaches, habitat destruction, and even poaching…

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