Crisis in the Philippines
Our message today is so urgent, and so important to the continued survival of a critically endangered species, that we are jointly requesting your help alongside our friends at the Turtle Conservancy, Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, and the Turtle Conservation Fund.
Funds needed for repairs
Turtle Survival Alliance Europe
TSA Europe is involved in handling trade confiscations, organizing cooperative breeding programs for select endangered chelonians, fund-raising, genetic research, providing captive husbandry consultation, and supporting field programs. The Muenster Allweter Zoo-based International Center for Conservation of Turtles (ICCT) is a model example of the type of special collaborations that are required to manage critically endangered turtles in captivity, and is emblematic of the spirit of cooperation that embodies TSA Europe. In fact the ICCT houses the most successful assurance colonies of endemic Chinese box turtles (Cuora), some now either functionally extinct or completely unknown in nature.
In 2016 we were shocked by the loss of two important herpetologists and conservationists:
On October 28, Henk Zwartepoorte died unexpectedly while on holiday in Australia. He was 67 years old. Henk was a passionate leader in the turtle conservation community and of course our Turtle Survival Alliance Europe chair.
The May 9 very unexpected at the age of 58 our Turtle Survival Alliance Europe vice chair Hans Dieter Philippen passed away.