Archive for the ‘Reptiles’ Category

Turbo-charging tortoise conservation

In my last post, I wrote about information gathered by researchers which was helping support tortoise populations and make conservation efforts more effective, but there is still a lot to be done for tortoises around the world. There are a variety of ways that we can each contribute to tortoise (and turtle) protection, whether from […]

Posted March 23, 2014 by Mirka Zapletal in Reptiles

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Slow and steady wins the race?

In my last post, I recounted some of the issues facing tortoises around the world: habitat loss, habitat degradation, disease, hunting, etc. Some of these problems have been impacting tortoises for a long time, while others are more recent in nature. The good news is that concerned individuals have been working to support tortoise populations […]

Life in the slow lane

In some ways tortoises represent an old conservation issue- as early as the 1800s, for example, people were concerned about overharvesting of giant tortoises on islands such as the Galapagos and Seychelles. Because they can be easy to approach (one study I read used the term ‘run’ with a special citation because none of these […]

A little slow on the uptake

A few days ago I was at a friend’s house watching his little brother hold a small tortoise (2 years old but small enough to fit in the palm of his hand). I realized that, as much as I am fascinated by tortoises and find the majority of them incredibly cute, I know very little […]

Posted March 2, 2014 by Mirka Zapletal in Reptiles

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