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Kiester, R. A., Mandimbihasina, A. R., Lewis, R. E., Goode, E. V., Juvik, J. O., Young, R., & Blanck, T. , Conservation of the angonoka (ploughshare tortoise), astrochelys yniphora. Unpublished paper presented at Turtles on the Brink in Madagascar: Proceedings of Two Workshops on the Status, Conservation, and Biology of Malagasy Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles. 
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Resource type: Conference Paper
DOI: 10.3854/crm.6
BibTeX citation key: Kiester2013
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Categories: General
Keywords: Astrochelys yniphora, Habitat - habitat, Madagaskar - Madagascar, Schildkröten - turtles + tortoises, Testudinidae
Creators: Blanck, Goode, Juvik, Kiester, Lewis, Mandimbihasina, Young
Collection: Turtles on the Brink in Madagascar: Proceedings of Two Workshops on the Status, Conservation, and Biology of Malagasy Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles
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Abstract     
Testudinidae Geochelone We describe the conservation history of the Angonoka, or Ploughshare Tortoise (Astrochelys yniphora), that has led to its current status as the world’s rarest tortoise. Because of the scale of poaching that threatens this tortoise and the fact that individuals are illegally sold around the world, conservation of this species is a truly global problem. The 2011–2013 wild population size is estimated to be 600 individuals (carapace length > 200 mm) down 33% from the 2006–2008 estimate of 900. We conclude that at least a similar number are being held illegally. We believe that significantly marking all animals by engraving will help to reduce this international trade. We review our current anti-poaching efforts and new ex-situ colonies composed of animals already confiscated from the illegal trade. This species requires extraordinary measures and a coherent global strategy to prevent its further decline.
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