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2012-08-15 23:02:12

The release is part of a “Head Start” coalition to save these rare turtles. For more than five years, Oakland Zoo has partnered with Sonoma State University and San Francisco Zoo to research, raise, and release Western Pond Turtles back into the wild. Based on a successful program at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, SSU researchers and Oakland Zoo staff are studying nesting patterns, breeding, habitat threats, incubation, growth, and diets of the turtles. Oakland, CA (PRWEB) August...

Unhatched Turtles Communicate To Coordinate Hatching
2011-11-30 13:10:26

Scientists believe that baby turtles have the ability to communicate with each other before hatching, and can arrange to emerge from their eggs at the same time. Researchers from the University of Western Sydney said that Australia's Murray short-necked turtle embryos synchronized their hatching to prevent smaller turtles emerging alone and being attacked by predators like goannas and foxes. They believe unhatched turtles may be able to sense each other's heart vibrations or may detect...

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2011-02-22 15:56:33

Some turtle species number less than 5 individuals A report issued Monday, co-authored by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) working in conjunction with the Turtle Conservation Coalition, lists the 25 most endangered turtle species from around the world "“ some of which currently number less than five individuals. Decimated by illegal hunting for both food and the pet trade along with habitat loss, many turtle species will go extinct in the next decade unless drastic conservation...

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2011-02-02 21:53:09

Biologists from the UCLA Division of Life Sciences have reported the first quantitative evidence for an evolutionary link between habitat and body size in turtles and tortoises. The study, whose lead author is a high school student volunteer in the laboratory of UCLA evolutionary biologist Michael Alfaro, is currently available online in Biology Letters, a journal of the Royal Society. It will appear in a print edition later this year. Turtles and tortoises, also called chelonians,...

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2010-09-10 12:20:00

According to a new analysis by Conservation International (CI), freshwater turtles are in catastrophic decline. The group says over a third of the estimated 280 species around the globe now face extinction. The collection of turtles for food and to supply a lucrative pet trade are the main reasons for drivers behind the fall in numbers. Another main concern for habitat loss is river damming for hydro-electricity. Dr. Peter Paul van Dijk, the director of Conservation International's...

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2010-08-17 10:00:00

Mankind most likely had a hand in the extinction of the giant animals known as "megafauna" according to a new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). A team of Australian researchers, led by Australian National University School of Archaeology and Anthropology Professor Matthew Spriggs, found the leg bones of meiolaniid, or horned turtles, on the island of Efate. However, they did not find any shells or skulls, and since the bones were dated back...

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2010-06-24 11:25:00

A boat captain says that he has seen BP ships burning sea turtles and other wildlife alive in the Gulf of Mexico. Captain Mike Ellis, who is working to rescue sea turtles, said in an interview by Catherine Craig that BP boats are conducting controlled burns to get rid of the oil. "They drag a boom between two shrimp boats and whatever gets caught between the two boats, they circle it up and catch it on fire. Once the turtles are in there, they can't get out," Ellis todl Craig. He said he...

2009-06-12 14:01:43

British veterinarians said a pair of tortoises mauled in a dog attack have been outfitted with pink plaster casts to help their shells heal. Veterinarians at Amey Zoo near Hemel Hempstead, England, said the turtles were rescued from the dog by a member of the public June 4 and are expected to make full recoveries, albeit with slightly deformed shells, The Daily Telegraph reported Friday. The vets said two other tortoises were mauled by the dog, but one died soon after it was rescued by the...

2009-06-08 15:04:58

Washington state officials say a family will be allowed to keep their pet, a rare western pond turtle, but the animal will be owned by the state of California. Barry Mason of Ridgefield and his wife Chae Yon said their family adopted the turtle when they encountered it as a baby 21 years ago while camping in Northern California. They said the turtle apparently was taken from their home during a birthday party for their son, Shon, in April, The (Vancouver, Wash.) Columbian reported Monday. The...

2009-06-02 15:51:11

A Pennsylvania woman said she is desperately searching for her runaway pet -- a 52-pound, 2-foot-long African sulcata tortoise. Simmer Dougherty, 48, whose pets and rescue animals include a lamb, a miniature horse, dogs, goats, chicks and ducks, said Nala the tortoise escaped from her yard Tuesday after the gate was left slightly ajar following a duck food delivery at her Chester County home, the Philadelphia Enquirer reported Tuesday. Dougherty said Nala, who is estimated to be between 5 and...