Coffee with Giant South American River Turtles

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Tens of Thousands of Turtles Have Been Emerging for an Annual Nesting Event
on the Border of Bolivia and Brazil

Over a four-day period, WCS brought you live and recorded video of one of the most magnificent annual turtle nesting events in the world. It takes place at the border of Bolivia and Brazil, in the river known as Guaporé River in Brazil and as Itenez in Bolivia.

Broadcast by Real Life Delivered, which was created to introduce the world to a new kind of conservation experience that puts everyone in touch with the allure of nature and to enable the enjoyment of our world’s precision in ways never before experienced.

Coffee With Turtles: Day Three

Sept. 30, 2022 from Bolivia/Brasil Border

Coffee With Turtles: Day Two

Sept. 28, 2022 from Bolivia/Brasil Border

English
Our conservationists on the ground traveled the river in the middle of the night and early morning and the turtles did not come out to nest. That happens. No predicting nature. The team instead broadcast a live report and discussion about the status of the nesting while showing us other wildlife. We're happy to bring this broadcast to you in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Español
Nuestros conservacionistas en tierra recorrieron el río en medio de la noche y temprano en la mañana y las tortugas no salían a anidar. Eso pasa. Sin naturaleza predictiva. En cambio, el equipo transmitió un informe en vivo y una discusión sobre el estado de la anidación mientras nos mostraba otros animales salvajes. Nos complace brindarle esta transmisión en inglés, español y portugués.

Português
Nossos conservacionistas em terra percorreram o rio no meio da noite e de madrugada e as tartarugas não saíram para nidificar. Isso acontece. Sem previsão de natureza. A equipe, em vez disso, transmitiu um relatório ao vivo e uma discussão sobre o status da nidificação enquanto nos mostrava outros animais selvagens. Estamos felizes em trazer esta transmissão para você em inglês, espanhol e português.

Coffee With Turtles: Day One

Sept. 27, 2022 from Bolivia/Brasil Border

Special ‘live to tape’ report on nesting event

We spoke to the conservationists on the ground via satellite transmission and saw the habitat from a birds-eye view via drones where the nesting is taking place.

Thank you to the conservationists who spoke to us:

German Forero Medina, WCS Colombia Science Director / Turtle Lead AAO

Enrique Y. Domic Rivadeneira, WCS Bolivia Turtle Specialist

Lonnie McCaskill, Curator, Animal Programs and Assistant Director, WCS’s Prospect Park Zoo

Omar Torrico, WCS Regional Conservation Technology Specialist, Americas

Marcos Amend, Deputy Director, WCS Brasil


Why We Brought You This Turtle Cam

  • Show you nature at its best – thousands and thousands of giant South American river turtles gathering for their annual nesting along the Guaporé River of Brazil, known as the Itenez River in Bolivia
  • Show you what conservation looks like in one of the most remote areas in South America – conservationists hard at work protecting these turtles from poaching for meat, oil and trade during this annual nesting event exposing them to poaching
  • Show you how conservationists gather the research for science which informs policies – actually counting the turtle populations year-to-year and doing other field science – which will be used to inform governmental policies to protect these turtles important to the ecology of this magnificent river and basin and to the natural cultural heritage of both Brazil and Bolivia.

Press Release

A Wonder of Nature

These giant South American river turtles arrive by the tens of thousands to nest on sand banks of a river along the Bolivia-Brazil border.

It is possibly THE largest gathering of any freshwater turtle species globally.

It’s also essential to the ecology of the river.

The hundreds of thousands of hatchlings produce food and biomass for other aquatic and terrestrial species while contributing to the river’s food chain. The giant South American river turtle is one of the most threatened species in the Amazon. It once numbered in the millions. Today, though, populations have been drastically reduced because of historical over-harvest for oil, meat, and trade.

With our local partners, including Ecovale (a local NGO), the Versalles community in Bolivia, environmental agencies from both countries, and local people, our WCS team has been coordinating a multi-national push to conserve this key population of the species.

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