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Pinta Island’s Lonesome George Passes Away
2012-06-25 10:21:34

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com Sadly, the sudden death of the giant tortoise Lonesome George on the Galapagos Islands this Sunday marks the loss of another subspecies from the face of the Earth. When scientists first met Lonesome George on Pinta Island in 1972, they had thought his species, Geochelone nigra abingdoni, was already extinct. He was immediately placed into the park service´s tortoise breeding program on Santa Cruz Island and while he did mate with a female tortoise...

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2011-07-27 12:56:40

Federal wildlife officials said on Tuesday that the gopher tortoise has been listed as eligible for protection under the Endangered Species Act, but limited funding could prevent the tortoise from being put on the list at this time. Cindy Dohner, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's regional director for the Southeast, said there is sufficient scientific data to list the gopher tortoise as threatened in parts of Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. "But we do not have the resources...

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2011-07-19 14:34:50

Populations of spur-thighed tortoises (Testudo graeca), a species classified as vulnerable and at risk of extinction, can withstand fires if outbreaks occur once every three decades or more. However, the youngest tortoises are more vulnerable, and disappear after each fire. These are the results of a study by Spanish researchers, who analyzed the impact of a 2004 forest fire in the Sierra de la Carrasquilla mountains in Murcia (Spain) on these reptiles. "Tortoises can withstand high...

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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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2011-01-21 10:05:00

The Galapagos National Park said in a statement to the Associated Press (AP) on Thursday that they are providing two new female partners for "Lonely George", who is believed to be the last living member of the Geochelone abigdoni species. George is estimated to be between 90 and 100 years old "” and could have at least 50 more years ahead of him. For the past 20 years, he has lived with two previous female partners, of the similar but different Geochelone becki species. The females...

2010-11-04 01:15:18

New University of Georgia research suggests moving threatened animals to protected habitats may not always be an effective conservation technique if the breeding patterns of the species are influenced by a social hierarchy. Research, published in the early online edition of the journal Biological Conservation, found an initial group of gopher tortoises released on St. Catherine's Island, Ga. were three times more likely to produce offspring than a later-introduced group, although the initial...

2010-10-21 10:10:00

REIMS, France, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After several months of waiting, 411 critically endangered tortoises will return to their home country of Madagascar. The radiated (Astrochelys radiata), spider (Pyxis arachnoides) and angulated (Astrochelys yniphora) tortoises were illegally removed from their natural habitat and were en route for sale in public markets in China when they were intercepted by customs officials at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia in July....

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2010-04-05 13:33:42

Illegal hunting for meat and pet trade is wiping out critically endangered species A team of biologists from the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) reported today that Madagascar's radiated tortoise "“ considered one of the most beautiful tortoise species "“ is rapidly nearing extinction due to rampant hunting for its meat and the illegal pet trade. The team predicts that unless drastic conservation measures take place, the species will be...

2009-09-20 00:45:47

A pet tortoise rescued from a busy highway in southern England has been nicknamed Freeway. John Formby of Worthing, on the Sussex coast, spotted the animal, at first thinking it was a piece of trash, The Independent reported. When he realized it was a tortoise, he pulled over and sprinted back to the rescue. Three vehicles went right over the top of it but somehow missed it, he said Saturday. It didn't even pop back into its shell, just kept on walking as if it knew it had to get to the other...


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2007-02-21 11:23:32

The Marginated Tortoise, Testudo marginata, is a species of Mediterranean tortoise found in southern Greece, from the Peloponnesus to Mount Olympus. They are also found in isolated zones of the Balkans and Italy, with a somewhat broader range in northeastern Sardinia. They prefer mountainous regions in elevations over 5,250 feet high. It is the largest European tortoise, reaching a weight of up to 11 pounds and a length of 14 inches. Its shell is oblong and has a notable thickness around...

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2007-02-21 11:15:53

The Egyptian Tortoise, Testudo kleinmanni, is a critically endangered tortoise. They live in deserts and semi-desert habitats, usually with compact sand and gravel plains, scattered rocks, shallow, sandy wades, dry woodlands, shrubby areas, and coastal salt marsh habitats. They were once widespread throughout Egypt, but now can only be found in Libya. Extinction is inevitable unless conversation actions are taken. The shell is usually very bright ranging from ivory and pale to gold which...

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2007-02-21 11:15:19

The Russian Tortoise, Horsfield's Tortoise or Central Asian Tortoise, Testudo horsfieldii, is a species of tortoise that is named after the American naturalist Thomas Horsfield. The Russian Tortoise ranges from Afghanistan to north western China, through the countries of Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Pakistan, and Baluchistan. It usually lives in dry areas with sparse vegetation. Russian Tortoises are a small tortoise...

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2007-02-21 11:04:54

The Greek Tortoise, Testudo graeca, is one of four European member of the Testudinidae family of tortoises. The other members of the family are Herman's Tortoise, Marginated Tortoise, and Horsfield's Tortoise. There are six noticeable differences between males and females of the Greek Tortoise. Males have a longer tail that tapers to an even point. The anal cavity opening is farther from the base of the tail on the male. The male's underbelly is somewhat curved, while females have a flat...

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2007-02-21 10:38:47

The Florida Gopher Tortoise, Gopherus polyphemus, is a species of tortoise native to the coastal plains of the United States. They are predominantly found in the state of Florida, but also range into the states of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. They spend the majority of their life in burrows around dry places such as sand hills, flat woods, prairies and coastal dunes. These are medium sized tortoises, averaging 10 inches long and around 9 pounds in weight at...

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