Rodney Lewis

Tortoise enthusiast.

World Turtle News, 06/19/2019

Endangered Manning River helmeted turtle thriving in some areas — and dingoes are helping It has been described as one of Australia’s most beautiful and ancient creatures, yet much is still not known about the rare and endangered Manning River helmeted turtle. In 2017 it was declared an endangered species, and Office of Environment and Heritage researcher Andrew Steed said it was at risk from …

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World Turtle News, 06/12/2019

Can Crocodile and Turtle Farms Reduce Mexico’s Eco-Trafficking? Government-regulated crocodile and turtle farms have helped reduce illegal hunting and protect endangered species in Mexico, but the illicit trade continues. Illegally hunted and possibly illegally bred animals and their byproducts still circulate, and are also leaking out into the international market. The humble house in the rural village of Simón Sarlat in the tropical Mexican state …

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World Turtle News, 06/11/2019

A new strategy is saving endangered California sea turtles from deadly fishing nets In Southern California the inherent tension between conservation and fisheries is evident in the trade-off between the need to protect endangered sea turtles from getting caught in fishing nets and the importance of commercial swordfish as a source of income and livelihood for California fishers. This month the National Oceanic and Atmospheric …

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World Turtle News, 06/09/2019

Bronx River turtles persist, despite pollution Hundreds of years ago, the Bronx River was rife with aquatic reptiles like common snapping turtles, musk turtles and painted turtles. But only a few species have managed to survive centuries of heavy development and pollution in the Bronx, one of the U.S.’ densest urban areas. And just like the city’s human population, many of its current turtle inhabitants …

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World Turtle News, 06/02/2019

Lawsuit launched to force Federal Government to protect endangered species from nuclear power plant in Florida JENSEN BEACH, Florida—Turtle Island Restoration Network and Beyond Nuclear filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for failing to protect endangered species from illegal intake and harm at the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant in Jensen Beach, Florida. For …

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World Turtle News, 05/26/2019

Chimps eating tortoises reveals surprising new ability Chimpanzees, humans’ closest relatives, have been known to eat a rich and varied diet including, but not limited to, Mountain Dew and baby chimps. Now, for the first time, we can add tortoises to that list, thanks to a new paper published Thursday in Scientific Reports. In addition to showing a new food source, the videos depict sophisticated …

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World Turtle News, 05/19/2019

12 rare turtles with names like ‘Thor’ and ‘Taco’ released into wetlands Consumers Energy employees released a dozen of rare juvenile Blanding’s Turtles into the wetlands of Saginaw County on Thursday, May 16. The bale of turtles, all females, was released in a wetland near the James Township Hall, 6060 Swan Creek Road, an area where the energy company did construction for its Saginaw Trail …

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World Turtle News, 05/12/2019

Petticord explores a Kenyan ecosystem one tortoise at a time As Princeton senior Daniel Petticord was conceptualizing his thesis on animal movement in the African savanna, he could have chosen to study elephants, zebras, giraffes, impalas or any of the iconic animals that inhabit central Kenya. He chose the ubiquitous leopard tortoise. “I’ve always been a ‘dig around in the dirt and look for reptiles’ …

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World Turtle News, 05/05/2019

Dahanu in India to build centre dedicated to turtle conservation If all goes as planned Dahanu, could soon boast of a first of its kind state-of-the-art awareness and research centre dedicate to turtles, which would be set up close to the Dahanu beach. The centre will itself be designed in the shape of a giant green sea turtle. Members of NGO Wildlife Conservation and Animal …

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