turtleconservancy:

The Cochin Forest Cane Turtle (Vijayachelys silvatica) is a rare and secretive species from the Western Ghats of India. This species is Endangered due to hunting for bush meat, deforestation and alteration of habitat, and the illegal wildlife trade.

turtleconservancy:

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

turtleconservancy:

These lovely ladies show off some of Myanmar’s most beautiful residents. Burmese Star Tortoises (Geochelone platynota) are listed as Critically Endangered and have become ecologically extinct in the wild. The Turtle Conservancy breeds more of these amazing animals than anyone else in the United States.

turtleconservancy:

We are proud to announce the hatching of our third Mexican Spotted Turtle (Rhinoclemmys rubida rubida) at our conservation center. The conservation status of this species from Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico, was last evaluated by the IUCN in 2007. They concluded that the available information was insufficient to determine its risk of extinction. The Turtle Conservancy believes this species is in danger because of local human impacts in the region. #TurtleConservancy #Mexico #conservation #turtle #tortoise #hatchling #cute #babyanimals #rare #wildlife #nofilter

newyorker:

Video: Saving the Plowshare Tortoise

This week in the magazine, William Finnegan travels to Madagascar with Eric Goode [sub. req.], a Manhattan night-life baron “who tramps through mountains looking for turtles, tortoises, snakes, lizards, frogs, crocodilians,” Finnegan writes.

In this video, Goode seeks out the world’s rarest turtle, the plowshare tortoise. While trying to help save it from extinction, he travels to a wildlife conservatory and finds himself in a high-risk negotiation with local smugglers.