In the swampy lowlands outside of Charleston, South Carolina sits one of the rarest collections of turtles in the world. The Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) maintains a conservation center here, building assurance colonies of these rare species in cooperation with many zoos and aquariums throughout the United States. The Turtle Survival Center was established in 2013 and is the single most ambitious undertaking the TSA. Its focus is on Asian turtles as numerous species from Southeast Asia have been driven near extinction due to the increase in demand for both the international pet trade and for consumption. Many of these animals end up in the open markets of China, where you can still go today and find critically endangered species from other countries ready for purchase. However, with the globalization of much of Asia, the vast amount of illegal exchanges has now shifted to social media outlets where one can easily purchase and have an endangered turtle shipped straight to your door.
The Turtle Survival Center relies on AcuRite devices to monitor the ideal turtle temperature in the turtle buildings and enclosures. From outdoor spot check sensors to refrigerator temperature and humidity sensors, all communicating to the AcuRite Access™, they now have real-time readings of all aspects of the animals living areas and food storage. A second benefit is that we can enable alarms through My AcuRite to notify all staff when temperatures are outside of the preferred ranges. This is critical for the staff at the center because it ensures a rapid response can be made and prevents unnecessary stress or, worse, a loss of life, due to power outages, heater or air conditioning malfunctions, etc. especially when staff is not present. Through the use of AcuRite, the staff can have a calm state-of-mind knowing that their animals are safe and well within the ideal turtle conditions they need to thrive. Partners such as AcuRite are helping the Turtle Survival Alliance continue its mission of Zero Turtle Extinctions. To learn more, please visit www.turtlesurvival.org
May 26, 2020
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