The turtle and tortoise trade is rampant around the globe, however much of this trade is centered in countries in Asia. Malaysia, Jakarta, and China are among the biggest turtle markets in the world, with estimates of almost 26,000 pounds of turtle being killed everyday in Malaysia and countless rare turtles and tortoises being imported into, and out of, Jakarta. Recently the Turtle Survival Alliance (@turtlesurvival) made a confiscation of 13 Critically Endangered ploughshare tortoises (Astrochelys yniphora) and some radiated tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) destined to the illegal wildlife trade. The tortoises were onboard a plane when a flight attendant reported suspicious cargo onboard. This is great to see that members of the community are aware about this and will report it. The tortoises were being shipped out of an airport in Antananarivo in Madagascar. The suspect in this case also lead investigators to another package of 35 radiated tortoises also destined for Asia. The tortoises have been transported to the Turtle Survival Alliance holding facility. When they arrived they were all sick and in bad condition. Luckily, the TSA was there, and now all of the tortoises have gained weight. They will soon be transported to the TSA Madagascar facility that holds over 7,000 radiated tortoises, and is undergoing even more enhancements to save this species and others!
Thanks so much TSA Madagascar, and the whole TSA team!
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