World Turtle News, 09/29/2019
TSA’s Tortoise Conservation Center in Madagascar loses everything to fire, seeks help to rebuild ASAP
“As this devastating fire has left the TCC in a vulnerable and incomplete state of operations, time is of the essence for rebuilding infrastructure, restoring security and communication capabilities, and ensuring the safety and well-being of our staff and the roughly 9,000 tortoises who reside on the center’s grounds. Aside from our newly upgraded facility for confiscated tortoises in Lavavolo, and our headquarters in Antananarivo, the TCC is key to implementing TSA’s ‘Confiscation to Reintroduction Strategy,’ a comprehensive plan to reintroduce these endangered tortoises into the wild.”
Turtle News From Around the World
Australia: Mon Repos turtle centre nearing completion, located near largest nesting loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) site in South Pacific
Cambodia: Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB) breeding critically endangered elongated tortoises (Indotestudo elongata), plans to release them into wild (VIDEO)
Crime & Punishment
USA: SC turtle poacher arrested, investigation becomes federal case (VIDEO)
USA: Mississippi State University, Institute for Marine Mammal Studies to receive $1.25 million to study Mississippi Sound’s spillway effects on sea turtles, dolphins
UK: Turtle Survival Europe to hold CPD qualifying conference in Essex: “Chelonian Conservation and Welfare in Europe”
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