This film takes you on a journey through Namibia and South Africa where we search for turtles and tortoises in some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world.
From Windhoek, Namibia to Cape Town, South Africa is approximately 1,500 km due south. This transect crosses the range of 11 species and subspecies of turtle and tortoise. The last remaining habitat of Psammobates geometricus - arguably one of the most endangered species of tortoise in the world - was visited while in South Africa.
The species list includes: Chersina angulata, Stigmochelys pardalis babcocki, Stigmochelys pardalis pardalis, Homopus areolatus, Homopus signatus, Homopus solus, Pelomedusa subrufa, Psammobates oculiferus, Psammobates tentorius tentorius, Psammobates tentorius trimeni, and Psammobates tentorius verroxii.
This film introduces the precarious future of Madagascar's unique turtles and tortoises and their habitats. It is a summary of the IUCN Red List meeting that took place in Madagascar to reclassify all five of the endemic turtles and tortoises: the spider tortoise (Pyxis arachnoides), radiated tortoise (Astrochelys radiata), flat-tailed tortoise (Pyxis planicauda), ploughshare tortoise (Astrochelys yniphora), and the Madagascar big-headed turtle (Erymnochelys madagascariensis).
Included are interviews with many of the world's leading turtle and tortoise biologists: Peter Pritchard, Jim Juvik, Rick Hudson, Anders Rhodin, and Russell Mittermeier, to name a few.
This film takes you on a journey through Uruguay and Argentina where we search for the native turtles and tortoises of the region.
We travel along the scenic coastlines of Uruguay to the vast deserts and mountains of Patagonia and ultimately, to the hot impenetrable forests of the northern Chaco.
The focus of the trip is to study the Argentine land tortoise's ecology, status, and distribution. There has been confusion in the scientific community as to how many distinct subspecies exist. We were there to find answers to that question. We also find and document the spiny-neck turtle (Acanthochelys spixii) and the Chaco side-neck turtle (Acanthochelys pallidipectoris) in the field.