The sixth issue of The Tortoise is here! The 10 feature articles span the globe, from Milla Jovovich's backyard to Doug Aitken’s latest art installation under the Pacific Ocean to multimillionaire turtle collectors in China. This issue of The Tortoise Magazine will be sure to captivate conservationists, art enthusiasts, and world travelers alike.
PHOTO CAPTION: Armando Jimenez and Angel Reyes with two young Bolson Tortoises.
The latest guests to check in to our Southern California Conservation Center, three young Bolson Tortoises (Gopherus flavomarginatus), are adjusting to life inside of their expansive, new environment. These tortoises came to the Turtle Conservancy last month from a robust assurance colony at Ted Turner's Armendaris Ranch in New Mexico. The Turtle Conservancy and Turner Endangered Species Fund are collaborating on a trans-national effort to protect this tortoise from extinction, which will include reintroducing the species in key locations of its former range in the United States.
Join us in celebrating #WorldTurtleDay! and help bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive.
World Turtle Day is celebrated around the globe in a variety of ways, from dressing up as turtles or wearing green summer dresses, to saving turtles caught on highways, to research activities.
The month of April at the Turtle Conservancy’s Conservation Center has been full of babies! The Critically Endangered species include Burmese Star Tortoises, Pancake Tortoises, Roti Island Snake-necked Turtles and a Golden Coin Turtle. We also hatched two amazing and tiny Parrot-beaked Tortoises. This incredible little tortoise is one of the smallest tortoises on the planet and it is also one of the four chelonian species that reside on our Geometric Tortoise Preserve in South Africa.
This past week we celebrated Earth Day. Watch the video to see what Salman Rushdie (Author of Midnight’s Children), Milla Jovovich (Actor - Resident Evil), Manon von Gerkan (Designer), Juno Temple (Actor - Black Mass, Dark Knight Rises) and Famke Janssen (Actor - Golden Eye, X-Men) think about our planet and the creatures we share it with. s
Congratulations to Doug and Kris Tompkins: 11 million acre national parks system created in Chile