|Maxine (top) and Henry (bottom)|
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Folks, I have a new home in this scenic koi pond and also a new lady friend, Maxine! You heard that right! We spent the winter together in our new magical, outdoor space and now can't wait for the summer season to begin!
Thursday, April 28, 2016
This critically endangered but beautiful freshwater turtle can be found in South Asia, although only a few hundred remain. The turtles like to bask in the sun on land. In the breeding season, the heads and necks of male turtles exhibit bright red, yellow and blue coloring. The females excavate nests in which they lay clutches of up to thirty eggs.
Historically, this turtle was found in central Nepal, northeastern India, Bangladesh and probably Burma, but it has suffered declines in population due to being harvested for meat and shells, drowned in fishing nets, water pollution, hydro-electric schemes and habitat loss. Fewer than four hundred adult females are thought to remain in the wild, with the International Union for Conservation of Nature rating this turtle as being "critically endangered." India has put conservation measures in place, and a captive breeding program has been initiated.
The large Batagur turtles are probably the most threatened freshwater turtles in India. Their populations have now been drastically reduced due to poaching for their meat and shells, accidental drowning in fishing gear, water pollution, hydroelectric infrastructure projects, habitat destruction by sand mining, and egg predation by jackals.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
The Sierra Club has awarded Luis Jorge Rivera Herrera the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize for his years of work protecting Puerto Rico's most vulnerable coastal ecosystems, particularly leatherback sea turtle nesting beaches. Nice job, Luis!
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The Star Tortoise is a common sight in pet stores and markets throughout Asia, but many die an early death because owners fail to provide an adequate diet and living conditions. Star tortoises will graze happily on lawn grass which seems to prevent most health problems at the source. An adequate supply of calcium and vitamin D3 are essential as is exposure to sunlight and water.