World Turtle News, 11/29/2018
UPDATE: the 51 Indian star tortoises seized in Singapore now at Bannerghatta National Park’s quarantine center
(Original story here)
The tortoises are kept in a specially created 4,000 square feet enclosure. The area has been fenced off to keep elephants, leopards and the lone wild tiger at bay. A forest guard and a Wildlife SOS volunteer will monitor the animals round-the-clock. A special night kraal has also been created for the tortoises so that they get acclimatised to their original habitat.
Turtle News From Around the World
Philippines: learn more about Mang Manolo and the Pawikan Conservation Center’s operations to save endangered sea turtles
Australia: Tim Faulkner’s search for Manning River helmeted turtles (Myuchelys purvisi) a mixed bag
Australia: 3 sea turtles released at Cannonvale Beach
Crime & Punishment
USA: man in Ponchatoula, LA on probation and fined $15,000 for attempting to smuggle 1,500 turtles
USA: second deceased leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) washes ashore in NY
Did You Know…
Indian star tortoises don’t brumate but rather slow their activity during extreme hot or cold temperatures.
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Photo from Deccan Herald.