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Wildlife conference boosts protection for sharks, turtles

Nov. 26, 2022 18:19 PM EST

PANAMA CITY (AP) — An international wildlife conference moved to enact some of the most significant protection for shark species targeted in the fin trade and scores of turtles, lizards and frogs whose numbers are being decimated by the pet trade. The Convention on International...

Wildlife conference boosts protection for sharks, turtles

Nov. 25, 2022 22:45 PM EST

PANAMA CITY (AP) — An international wildlife conference moved to enact some of the most significant protection for shark species targeted in the fin trade and scores of turtles, lizards and frogs whose numbers are being decimated by the pet trade. The Convention on International...

15 sea turtles released after rehabbing in the Florida Keys

Nov. 14, 2022 07:21 AM EST

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A green sea turtle named after Hurricane Ian was among 15 injured sea turtles released in Gulf Stream waters off Key West by staff from a turtle hospital and members of a powerboat racing team vying for the sport’s world championship. “Ian” was found...

Turtles in demand as pets, leading to a spike in poaching

Nov. 09, 2022 17:23 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Swimming in two plastic bins inside a brightly lit and sterile quarantine room at a Rhode Island zoo, 16 quarter-sized turtle hatchlings represent a growing worry for conservationist Lou Perrotti. These eastern musk turtles, known for spending much of their...

US: Gopher tortoise not threatened over most of its range

Oct. 11, 2022 18:15 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Gopher tortoises — burrowers whose extensive homes shelter many other animals — are generally doing well and need federal protection only in the small area where they were declared threatened 35 years ago, the government said Tuesday. Thanks to extensive...

San Diego Zoo welcomes 41 endangered turtle hatchlings

Oct. 03, 2022 14:47 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — It only took two decades, but a rare and endangered turtle species has finally bred at the San Diego Zoo. Zoo officials on Monday announced the arrival of 41 tiny Indian narrow-headed softshell turtle hatchlings. Conservationists from the San Diego...

Scales and Tales: Anna Royer’s pets are anything but common

Sep. 24, 2022 01:13 AM EDT

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — Not everyone might appreciate Anna Royer’s choice in “pets.” “My dad’s mom loved animals, and she passed that love to him,” Royer said. “From a young age, he would catch king snakes, frogs and turtles and bring them in. When we were growing...