Latest Turtles News

Death of rare turtle leaves 3 remaining in the world

Apr. 15, 2019 3:24 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The only known female member of one of the world's rarest turtle species has died at a zoo in southern China, officials said Sunday. The animal was one of four Yangtze giant softshell turtles known to be remaining in the world. The Suzhou zoo, where the female turtle lived, also houses a...

Agency collects animals killed by cars, poachers for tribes

Apr. 1, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Native American tribes on the hunt for animal hides, antlers, teeth and other parts for cultural and religious use have a unique new resource: the state's wildlife agency. A recently launched program allows Arizona's nearly two dozen tribes to make requests to the state Game...

New England seeing a huge spike in beached sea turtles

Mar. 28, 2019 1:15 AM EDT

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — At a sea turtle hospital housed at an old New England shipyard, a biologist leans over a table and uses a needle to draw blood from a sick loggerhead before tagging its flailing flipper. These were the first tentative steps toward a return to the ocean for this juvenile nicknamed Honey...

Conservationists detail purpose of torching preserve site

Mar. 22, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Turtles and snakes and most insects are still underground, hibernating in the cold earth. Good thing, as fire starters spread out recently, streams of fire dribbling from the tips of drip torches. In seconds, long lines of flame began to consume the dry leaf litter. Years of brittle...

Turtle kingpin to serve 16 months in international scheme

Mar. 12, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man who was a kingpin in an international scheme to traffic in rare turtles will become the first person to serve prison time in South Carolina for illegal wildlife smuggling. The State reports 38-year-old Steven Verren Baker was sentenced to serve 16 months in...

Over 1,500 turtles found inside luggage in Philippines

Mar. 5, 2019 7:23 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine authorities said Monday that they found more than 1,500 live turtles stuffed inside luggage at Manila's airport. The various types of turtles were found Sunday inside four pieces of left-behind luggage of a Filipino passenger arriving at Ninoy Aquino International...

Tortoise feared extinct found on remote Galapagos island

Feb. 20, 2019 7:26 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A living member of species of tortoise not seen in more than 110 years and feared to be extinct has been found in a remote part of the Galapagos island of Fernandina. An adult female Chelonoidis phantasticus, also known as the Fernandina Giant Tortoise, was spotted Sunday by a joint...