December 3, 2010
Turtle Survival Alliance Newsletter
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2011 - Year of the Turtle


Turtle Conservation Groups in partnership with PARC are designating 2011 as the Year of the Turtle


YOTlogoWhy turtles, and why now? Turtles are disappearing from the planet faster than birds, mammals, and even amphibians. Today, over 40% of turtle species are identified as threatened with extinction; the primary threats are human-caused.  However, it's not too late for our turtle heritage to be salvaged.  The United States has more endemic turtle species than anywhere on Earth; a turtle biodiversity hotspot.  Our careful stewardship can preserve the rare species and keep 'common species common.' 

Throughout the year, we will be raising awareness of the issues surrounding turtles through press releases, newsletters, photo contests, and related events. It is our hope that citizens, natural resource managers, scientists, and the pet and food and related industries will work together to address issues and to help ensure long-term survival of turtle species and populations.

Supporting Partners (to date) include (and will not be limited to): Turtle Conservancy, Turtle Survival Alliance, IUCN Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, US Fish & Wildlife Service International Affairs, Chelonian Research Foundation, Turtle Conservation Fund, AZA Chelonian Taxonomic Advisory Group, SUNY ESF, Virginia Herpetological Society,... and the list keeps growing!

Bookmark, and check it often for more information on how YOU can get involved!

Sign up for our monthly newsletters, containing:

  • A downloadable turtle photo calendar for each month, including a photo contest - YOUR photo could be in the calendar
  • Information about turtle conservation efforts and groups - we could print YOUR story here
  • Interviews with turtle experts, and answers to selected questions that YOU send us
  • Information on how YOU can help spread the word about turtles
  • Educational materials -- how YOU can teach about turtles
  • Featured turtle artwork, poetry, and cultural information that YOU send us... and much, MUCH, more!  

Please contact us at if you would like to help to promote or contribute materials to 2011 Year of the Turtle. Keep watching, we'll be announcing our turtle calendar photo contest very soon.  

Winterizing Headstart Facilities in India 


GTCC_pondPersonnel at the Garhaita Turtle Conservation Center have been hard at work winterizing their headstart facilities for endangered turtles, specifically Batagur kachuga. Improvements will allow for increased water oxygenation and better water quality.


Additionally, steps have been taken to protect the hatchlings and yearlings from cooler winter temperatures. Click here to read the full story and see images of the upgraded ponds.  


santa_turtlePut a Turtle Under their Tree


Avoid long lines and crowded malls this year, while supporting turtle conservation. Gift memberships are available on the TSA website anytime and they are a great way to give a gift that lasts all year. 


We have also slashed prices in the online store on merchandise including t-shirts, limited edition prints and hats. Click here to check out the low prices! Most of these items are only available in limited quantities, so get yours today before they're gone!


As a bonus, a 2011 TSA calendar (featuring beautiful box turtle images) will be included FREE with every order while supplies last.

2011 Conference 
It's official! We'll be returning to Orlando for the 9th Annual Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles. We will be welcomed once again by the Rosen Plaza from August 14-17, 2011.

Mark your calendars and keep an eye on the newsletter for more details as they become available. See you there!