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Once Extinct in the Wild, Galapagos Giant Tortoises Return to Pinzon Island

pinzon island tortoise adult

Now here’s a great conservation success story: After more than 100 years, Galápagos giant tortoise hatchlings finally have a chance to thrive and survive on their native Pinzón Island, after conservationists cleared it of the invasive rats that nearly wiped out the animals. Like most Galápagos giant tortoises—including the conservation icon Lonesome George, who died [...]

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How Poachers Stole 10 Percent of an Entire Tortoise Species…and What Happened Next

ploughshare tortoise

On Friday, March 15, authorities in Thailand intercepted two wildlife smugglers trying to carry hundreds of endangered tortoises through Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Among the animals recovered were 54 critically endangered ploughshare tortoises (Astrochelys yniphora) from Madagascar. The entire wild population for this species is estimated at just 400 to 600 tortoises, meaning this seizure represented [...]

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Leopards, Tortoises, Harlequin Frogs and other Links from the Brink

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Last year I wrote somewhere around 150 articles about endangered species. I could have easily written closer to 1,000. One blog simply can’t cover all of threatened species around the world, as hard as I try. But I hate letting news items (not to mention species) fall through the cracks. And so, here is the [...]

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5 Turtles from Nearly Extinct Species Fly Home to Hong Kong

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Asia’s turtles and tortoises are in an extinction crisis. Few species embody that more than the critically endangered golden coin turtle (Cuora trifasciata), which is so valued in the illegal pet trade and for its use in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that a single specimen can fetch $25,000 or more on the black market. The [...]

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Tracking a rare tortoise? There’s an app for that

Smart phones have increasingly become valuable tools in the conservation of rare species around the world. The latest example is an iPhone app called Mojave Desert Tortoise, which people can use to help researchers preserve the endangered species it is named after. With the app, visitors to the Mojave Desert (which stretches between California, Nevada, [...]

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Threatened tortoises become tempting targets for thieves

Spur-thighed tortoise

Imagine having a pet in your family for 79 years and through four generations. Now imagine that during that time your pet became an endangered species. Finally, imagine having that pet stolen from your backyard. That’s what happened to Harry Barritt of London’s Bromley borough. His family’s beloved spur-thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca), first owned by [...]

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Invasive Species Inhabit Painting

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  Looking at Symbolist Master Gustave Moreau’s Orphée I am struck by something. No, not the exquisitely beautiful severed head. The two box turtles hanging out in the corner, trying to be under the radar. I may not be a cheloniologist, but l think those are North American Box Turtles. Or possibly Indian Star Tortoises. Indian [...]

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