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Inside view of the Rhodin Center - Ngaparou- Senegal

The Rhodin Center Breeding & Outreach

Turtles are the vertebrates under the greatest threat worldwide. Among the approximately 320 extant turtle species, the species occurring in Africa have been especially hard hit. Africa is now considered the continent where Eunotosaurus africanus the oldest known ancestor of the chelonian order (all turtles),...Read More

Adult female Kinixys erosa in Nigeria

Forest Hinge-Back Tortoise Conservation

The Forest Hinge-back Tortoises, Kinixys erosa and Kinixys homeana (Family Testudinidae), live in forest habitats and have a considerable range over the continuous Guinea–Congo rainforest region in West and Central Africa. It is a medium- to large-sized tortoise, with a carapace length not exceeding 400...Read More

Foraging habitat of Pelusios adansoniii

Adanson’s Terrapin at Tocc-Tocc Reserve

The Adanson’s Terrapin, Pelusios adansonii (Schweigger 1812), is a moderate sized freshwater turtle. This species was described by Schweigger (1812) two centuries ago from a carapace collected in Senegal in 1750 by Michel Adanson, the famous French naturalist. Adanson’s terrapin belongs to the family Pelomedusidae...Read More

Tomas Diagne holding a critically endangered Nubian Flapshell Turtle (Cyclanorbis elegans)

Nubian Flapshell Turtle Survival

The Nubian Flapshell turtle (Cyclanorbis elegans) is the most endangered turtle species of Africa. Cyclanorbis elegans is a large softshell (total carapace length up to 70 cm) historically known from localized occurrences in Ghana and northern Togo, in central Nigeria, southern Chad, and the White...Read More


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