World Turtle News, 02/06/2019
“It’s the First Time Any Western Chelonian Researchers have Encountered Forsten’s Tortoises in the Wild!”
Christine Light (Sulawesi Chelonian Conservation Program Coordinator) and Cris Hagen (TSA’s Turtle Survival Center Director of Animal Management) are currently on Sulawesi Island, Indonesia conducting surveys for endemic chelonians. Their counterparts from Tadulako University (UNTAD) in Central Sulawesi, Jusri Nilawati and Fadly Y. Tantu have found Forsten’s Tortoises in the wild before. Christine and Cris got to share the excitement of being the first Western Biologists to see a Forsten’s Tortoise in the wild with them, their students, Muh Gunanta Putera and the rest of the team.
They are working hand in hand with their local counterparts from Tadulako University, and colleagues from Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), and Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) to conserve the Forsten’s Tortoise (Indotestudo forstenii) and Sulawesi Forest Turtle (Leucocephalon yuwonoi).
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