A Noah’s Ark for Rare Turtles

June 26, 2020
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It’s impossible not to wonder what’s really going on at the compound in Cross, South Carolina, an hour north of Charleston. The one off of a gravel road in the thick of loblolly pines, with the razor-wire fence and the CAUTION and BEWARE OF DOG signs, the big guard dogs glaring through the posts. Locals speculate about its mysteries, but behind the spiked gates lies not a drug den, or a secret government experiment, but an ark: a crucial collection of the world’s rarest turtles.

Sulawesi forest turtles, inching their heads from under the banana leaves in a greenhouse turned jungle. Asian big-headed turtles, with their bulbous skulls. And turtles so tiny and dark green they’re camouflaged to the naked eye. In all, six hundred turtles representing twenty-five species live inside the Turtle Survival Center (TSC), one of the only such facilities in the United States…

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