Dedicated to protecting the most endangered turtles and tortoises, and their habitats worldwide.
A Pancake Tortoise (Malacochersus tornieri) practicing its rock climbing skills. This small agile species has a soft shell that allows it to wedge itself in the cracks of rocky outcroppings. Unfortunately it is being uplisted to Critically Endangered by the IUCN due to habitat destruction and the pet trade.
Beautiful and cheerful young Buddhist nuns or “Sila-rhan” at a temple pond in Mandalay, Myanmar.
A hatchling Madagascar Big-headed Turtle (Erymnochelys madagascariensis) at Durrell Wildlife’s breeding center in Madagascar. Listed as the worlds 15th most endangered turtle or tortoise, the conservation work being done in Madagascar is imperative to its survival.
A man sells an adult Radiated Tortoise shell at a market in Madagascar. Consumption and the wildlife trade have rendered this beautiful species Critically Endangered, however rigorous protection and breeding programs give hope to its future.
A Critically Endangered Flat-tailed Tortoise (Pyxis planicauda) hatchling bred at our conservation center. Due to habitat loss and a dwindling wild population the Turtle Conservancy’s main goal is to protect this species in its native Madagascar.
A young Pig-Nosed Turtle (Carettochelys insculpta) at a government facility just outside Bangkok, Thailand. The illegal trade in this species has grown exponentially in recent years, with Traffic’s new report estimating 1.5 to 2 million eggs being illegally collected annually. Without further protection and enforcement of current laws these captivating creatures could be in trouble.
We came across a couple of budding turtle conservationists in Madagascar. Their education and interest in the natural world is crucial for species conservation.
The Turtle Conservancy is currently caring for 30 of these turtles rescued from certain death.
Richard Branson's giant Aldabra Tortoises (Aldabrachelys gigantea) make Necker Island there home away from home.
We love artist Kenny Scharf's painting done for the 2014 Turtle Ball!
Matt Dillon supports turtle Conservation!
This Chaco Tortoise (Chelonoidis chilensis) is ready for its close up! In 2008 the Turtle Conservancy traveled to Argentina and Uruguay to document the ecology, status, and distribution of this vulnerable species. You can see the full film at: http://www.turtleconservancy.org/videos/
Happy Turtle Tuesday!
One of the more striking species we work with, the beautifully patterned Radiated Tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) is listed as Critically Endangered due to domestic and international exploitation.
The Endangered Spiny Turtle (Heosemys spinosa) may look quite prickly when it’s young, but grows out of its defensive spikes as an adult. #TurtleConservancy #turtle #tortoise #conservation #endangered #rare #spiny #cute #red #nofilter