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2014-02-18 23:02:16

Newport Aquarium announced Tuesday, Feb. 18, the addition of Turtle Canyon, a thrilling new exhibit set to open to the public March 22, 2014. Newport, KY (PRWEB) February 18, 2014 Newport Aquarium announced Tuesday, Feb. 18, the addition of Turtle Canyon, a thrilling new exhibit set to open to the public March 22, 2014. Turtle Canyon will feature a diverse collection of more than 14 species spanning three continents. From the largest tortoise species in the world, the Galapagos tortoise,...

Wildlife Sanctuary Forced To Euthanize Hundreds Of Tortoises
2013-08-26 13:52:25

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Officials with the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center outside Las Vegas, Nevada say they are about to put down hundreds of tortoises because of a lack of funding. Officials said they plan to close down the 220-acre wildlife reserve in the coming months and euthanize desert tortoises they have been taking care of since 1990, according to a special report by the Associated Press (AP). The refuge will stop taking in new animals in the...

2013-08-09 23:21:30

Many people know the story of Lonesome George, the last of the Pinta Island Tortoises, yet what people do not realize is that the Galapagos Tortoise is just one of many species of Giant Tortoises that were exterminated after the first human settlers arrived on their islands. An article in the most recent issue of Chelonian Conservation and Biology takes an in-depth look at the decline of the Giant Tortoise in the Seychelles Islands and determines which islands could best support the...

American Museum Of Natural History To Preserve Lonesome George
2013-07-03 11:50:35

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Lonesome George, a 100-year-old giant tortoise that once lived on the Galapagos Islands, is going to be preserved by the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Scientists made the surprising discovery of Lonesome George on Pinta Island in 1972. They had thought his species, Geochelone nigra abingdoni, was already extinct before then. The famous tortoise passed away in June 2012, found lifeless near his favorite watering...

World Turtle Day
2013-05-23 09:33:49

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If you see a turtle crossing a busy road — pick it up and send it in the direction it was originally going on the other side of the road, advises the advocacy group American Tortoise Rescue (ATR), which is celebrating their 13th“¯annual“¯World Turtle Day“¯2013 today. Picking up the tortoise and turning it around will only cause the slow moving animal to try crossing the road again, according to...

GPS Used To Track Male Galapagos Tortoises Migration
2012-11-28 12:12:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists using GPS technology and modern 3D acceleration measurements have mapped out the annual migration of the Galapagos giant tortoise. The team from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology found that the male tortoise can travel up to 6.2 miles into the highlands of the island, and they usually start their annual migration at the beginning of the dry season. According to the findings, only the full grown animals migrate,...

Tortoise Studies Yield Surprising Results
2012-11-18 06:45:13

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online At the time of his death, it appeared that Lonesome George was the last member of his species, but new research suggests that his breed of giant tortoises might live on after all. According to Jennifer Viegas of Discovery News, experts at Yale University have reportedly discovered DNA evidence suggesting that members of the species Chelonoidis abingdoni could still exist. Those researchers collected genetic material from more...

Endangered Turtles Get Help From Conservationists
2012-04-12 13:18:44

Several turtle and tortoise species that are on the verge of extinction are getting a second chance for survival with the help of the US Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which is committing all of its resources and expertise to take direct responsibility to save the planet´s most endangered Testudines. The WCS said it will draw from its zoos and aquariums, its Global Health Program, and its Global Conservation Program, to ensure the continued survival of at least half of the...


Latest Tortoise Reference Libraries

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2008-10-16 21:22:52

The European Pond Terrapin (Emys orbicularis) also known as the European Pond Tortoise or European Pond Turtle, is a species of turtle found in southern and central Europe, West Asia and North Africa. It inhabits slow-flowing waters and nearby areas. It hibernates for up to seven months of the year at the bottom of the waterbed. Its shell is brown with a hint of green, and spotted yellow. Photo Copyright and Credit

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2006-12-26 16:07:31

Image Credit: Thinkstock.com The Red-footed tortoise, Geochelone carbonaria, known in Brazil as Jabuti, is a tortoise from South America. They live in tropical forests and grasslands in northern South America and some islands of the Caribbean. It draws its name from the red and orange scales visible on its limbs, as well as its head and tail. It is protected by CITES* as an endangered species. *CITES: Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species.

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