Dedicated to protecting the most endangered turtles and tortoises, and their habitats worldwide.
Last night was the unveiling of Lonesome George at the American Museum of Natural History. The evening featured a reception and a panel discussion about this iconic tortoise and his conservation legacy. Lonesome George will reside in the museum for three months before being returned to his native Ecuador. You can read our article on Lonesome George, written by artist Tom Sachs, in the current issue of The Tortoise.
The Critically Endangered Pan’s Box Turtle (Cuora pani) is highly valued in Asian markets. Because of this, over collection coupled with habitat lost has decimated wild populations.
A pair of hatchling Ploughshare Tortoises (Astrochelys yniphora) confiscated from poachers on one of our research expeditions to Madagascar. The Turtle Conservancy works closely with Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Madagascar as part of the International Angonoka Working Group. Protecting this Critically Endangered species in the wild is the main focus of our collaboration.
This Forest Hinge-back Tortoise (Kinixys erosa) isn’t so thrilled that it’s Monday. But even more pressing is the species status in the wild. The Turtle Conservancy breeds this cryptic species at our conservation center to ensure its survival.
Our passion for protecting endangered species often takes us all over the world. In June of 2012 members of our team traveled to the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia to search for the Critically Endangered Sulawesi Forest Turtle (Leucocephalon yuwonoi). The purpose of our trip was to get a first hand account of the species and the problems it faces. It is one of the least known chelonians in the world, but its small range coupled with extreme pressure from the exotic pet trade makes it a candidate for extinction. We were lucky enough to find two adult males and eleven young turtles in the Ganonggol River. Without further protection these small remaining populations could disappear.