After the drainage of the BioPond, the turtle population is now in the process of being moved.

BioPond turtles to be saved, relocated in restoration process

fter receiving backlash about the plans to euthanize the turtle population of the BioPond, the Kaskey Garden and Greenhouse Committee has changed course, opting to relocate the population to other habitats.

The drainage of the BioPond, the first step in the Committee’s process of restoring the ecological health to the pond without euthanizing the invasive species of turtle that currently live there, was completed on Oct. 27.
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Many Agencies, Including Brevard Zoo, Assist In Returning 1,700 Sea Turtles To Ocean

The young sea turtles were found stranded along Florida’s east coast beaches following rough winds and waves caused by hurricanes.

The “washbacks,” as they are referred to by sea turtle biologists, were rescued and taken to specialized sea turtle rehab facilities to recuperate until weather conditions were safe enough for them to be returned to the ocean. This release was possible because of the important contributions made by the following partners: U.S. Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce, The Sea Turtle Hospital at UF Whitney Lab (St. Augustine), marine science center ponce inlet Florida, Sea Turtle Healing Center at Brevard Zoo (Melbourne), Loggerhead Marinelife Center (Juno Beach).
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Idiots Face $15,000 Fine After Posting Photo Of Them 'Surfing' On Turtle

Ricky Rogers and a friend, from the Gold Coast of Australia, are probably regretting sharing so much on social media, a decision that could cost them $20,000 AUD ($15,000 USD.)

The Facebook post in question shows the two men standing on the back of a turtle, which may or may not be dead. Alongside it is the caption: "Surfed a tortoise on zee weekend.. gnarly duddddeeee"
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Peru releases 17.000 at-risk baby turtles into the wild

Peruvian environmental authorities make a big statement with tiny turtles.

With so much dismal news regularly centered around the natural world, it’s heartening to hear happy things – so let’s rejoice. The National Service of Protected Natural Areas by the State (SERNANP), a Peruvian government conservation group, is releasing half a million baby yellow-spotted Amazon River turtles in a series of three releases in a protected areas of northeastern Peru's Amazon River Basin. The first turtle free-for-all took place in October and the last will be mid-November.
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A sick individual or group used an electric drill to bore holes into two turtles and chain them together

Two friends rescue turtles chained together

Two friends rescue turtles chained together by sick individual who used an electric drill to bore holes in their flesh

Friends Peter and Michael Oakes spotted suffering turtles in Miami River
Michael rushed down to help and found them sickeningly chained together
Peter dropped him a penknife and Michael was able to set them loose
Michael said: 'I want the person who did this to know that basically everyone who sees this video wants to kick their a**'



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Diego, a centenarian tortoise, has fathered an estimated 800 offspring. Credit: Jdegenhardt/Flickr

Did 1 Sexually Active Tortoise Really Save His Species?

A giant tortoise named Diego may be more than 100 years old, but his libido is the stuff of legend. The centenarian tortoise has fathered an estimated 800 offspring, leading many to claim he single-handedly saved his species from the brink of extinction. But scientists say it was not Diego's prolific sex drive alone that saved the giant tortoise species.
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Common snapping turtle, Courtesy of Center for Biological Diversity

Missouri agency considers ban on unlimited turtle hunting

ST. LOUIS • At the request of environmental advocates, the Missouri conservation agency says it will consider amending the state regulation that allows for unlimited commercial hunting of wild turtles.
In August, the Center for Biological Diversity and Great Rivers Environmental Law Center filed a petition with the state’s Department of Conservation asking the agency to ban the unlimited commercial trapping of snapping and softshell turtles because of its detrimental impact on turtle populations.
Commercial hunting of the two kinds of turtles can intensify water pollution, habitat destruction, road mortality and incidental fishery devices, the groups said in a letter to the department.
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 Bellinger River snapping turtle (Myuchelys georgesi). Image Credit: Paul Fahy / Taronga Zoo

Turtles spotted mating bring hope for endangered species

BY Victoria Ticha / australiangeographic.com.au

BELLINGER RIVER SNAPPING turtles have been seen mating in their new home at Sydney's Taronga Zoo, giving hope to researchers working to save the critically endangered species.
“There are very few mature turtles remaining in the wild, so this group at Taronga has a vital role to play in rebuilding the population,” said keeper Adam Skidmore.
Taronga vets will conduct ultrasounds on the turtles later this month to see if the females are carrying eggs.
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Forest department launches probe into turtle trade post seizure at Dadar

Forest department with the help of Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) has begun a major investigation into turtle trade after the Dadar Railway Protection Force (RPF) made a seizure of 80 turtles.

It was on October 1 that, on duty RPF personnel CG Memane and Pankaj Kalke during their routine check of the Pushpak train coming in from Uttar Pradesh at Dadar's platform number 6 at around 7-55pm noticed an unclaimed black travel bag in the ladies coach. On close inspection the duo realised that there was some movement inside the bag and on opening it they found turtles, which were handed over to the Mumbai range forest department.
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Hurricane Matthew forces 150 pound tortoise to find refuge in Decatur

DECATUR, Ala.--With Hurricane Matthew sending eastern seaboard residents running as best they can from their homes, it's not unusual for evacuees to take their pets with them. After all, pets are part of our families too.

But, in one family's case, their beloved pet makes it a little harder to just pick up and go. Literally.
"How many ladies are traveling around with a giant tortoise?" asks Alicia Rich.
Rich and her family made the last-minute decision to leave their Georgia home as Hurricane Matthew came barreling toward them.
"I had a friend calling around, looking for hotels, I just got on the evacuation route and kept going, until she found a place for me to go, and it ended up here, in Decatur," explained Rich.
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