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September 1, 2011 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Scientists have made the surprise discovery that a population of critically endangered hawksbill turtles, thought to have been wiped out in the eastern Pacific from Mexico to Peru, has survived by occupying a novel habitat — mangrove estuaries — rather than coral reefs where they have been slaughtered for their exquisite shells. The finding is particularly significant because it suggests a potentially unique evolutionary trajectory, said Alexander Gaos, lead author of a report being released Thursday in the online scientific journal Biology Letters.
August 21, 2011 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Modern life has been tough on the southwestern pond turtles that once were populous in the coastal part of San Diego County. Development ravaged the turtle's natural habitat. Then came the rise of invasive species that challenged the pond turtles for food or, in some cases, liked to dine on them. The African clawed frog, red-eared slider and crayfish have been particularly damaging to the turtles, which live in pools within natural streams and sloughs. In 2003 the U.S. Geological Survey's Western Ecological Research Center could find only 120 pond turtles in five locations in the San Diego region.
July 28, 2011 | By Sophia Lee, Los Angeles Times
The Painted Turtle camp in Lake Hughes affords two preteens with hemophilia the chance to have fun. Kirin and Bailey Heftye are both handsome, healthy-looking preteen boys. Under a shaded area at an El Monte Starbucks, they frequently interrupt each other to discuss their favorite activities at summer camp. But they are not your typical 12-year-old kids, nor is the camp they attend each year your average summer camp. Kirin and Bailey are twins, and the camp they look forward to attending in early August is the Painted Turtle at Lake Hughes . It's a camp for children affected by serious health conditions including hemophilia, a lifelong, inherited bleeding disorder caused by low or nonexistent levels of blood-clotting protein.
June 29, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Maybe the most amazing part of a JFK airport story involving turtles on the runway is that the reptiles now have their own Twitter feed, @jfkturtles , with more than 2,800 followers and many witty tweets. To catch up the slowpokes here: About 150 turtles crawled onto the runway at New York City's JFK airport Wednesday morning, delaying flights as crews cleared them from the tarmac. The incident occurred about 6:45 a.m. New York time, an FAA spokesman told Associated Press. This has happened before at JFK. In July 2009, a runway was shut down when about 80 turtles crawled from the bay to the tarmac, a seasonal event linked to their  spawning cycle.
June 24, 2011
"The Best and the Brightest" might have had some real teeth — and some real smarts — in the hands of a savvy satirist such as Christopher Guest. Unfortunately, writer-director Josh Shelov's sendup of the Manhattan private school culture flies off its comic rails after an engaging start, never to land back on solid ground. Shelov's glib, overly crass script, co-written by Michael Jaeger, finds cautious computer programmer Jeff (Neil Patrick Harris), his more adventurous wife, Sam (Bonnie Somerville)
June 5, 2011 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
When it comes to caring for the world's rarest cold-blooded animals, few places match the pampering and security provided to hundreds of critically endangered turtles and tortoises at a secret compound in the foothills of Los Padres National Forest. In paddocks and aquariums protected by surveillance cameras and electric wire, Okinawa leaf turtles feast on silkworms and mulberries in a temperature-controlled greenhouse. Nest-building Burmese black mountain tortoises relax in piles of freshly cut oak, sycamore and bamboo.
March 6, 2011 | By Avital Binshtock, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Caravan's 10-day "Costa Rica Natural Paradise" takes participants from coast to coast, where they can learn about efforts to save green turtles on the Atlantic and then relax on the Pacific. There is plenty of wildlife to see, including howler monkeys on the trail of Hacienda Pinilla, butterfly swarms (and 300 species of birds) in Tortuguero National Park and crocodiles during the end-of-the-trip Tarcoles River cruise. Itinerary: San Jose to the Poas volcano, Cloud Forest, Butterfly Garden, Tortuguero National Park, Fortuna, Cano Negro, Arenal volcano, Hanging Bridges, Guanacaste, the Tarcoles River and back to San Jose Dates: Departures available through 2011.
February 7, 2011 | By Jimmy Orr, Los Angeles Times
The following is a blog documenting two Los Angeles Times editors' attempts to lose weight. It all began on Jan. 10 . First up: the scale. My trainer weighed me in at 205 lbs. on Jan. 8. Four weeks later, I'm weighing-in at 191. I've strayed from my dietary plan twice so far. The evening of the Delmonico steaks and this past Friday when I had a turtle sundae (oops). But who's complaining? Fourteen pounds lost with two mulligans. Not bad. Nutrisystem food holding up just fine.
January 11, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
In the annals of smuggling, Los Angeles International Airport has seen it all ? lizards in luggage, songbirds strapped to a passenger's legs, boxes of tarantulas and two pygmy monkeys hidden in a traveler's pants.                    Now, officials said, they have recorded another milestone in the animal kingdom ? smuggled turtles. Authorities said two Japanese men were arrested with more than 50 live rare turtles, from Chinese big-headed turtles to Indian Star tortoises, packed neatly inside snack food boxes.
October 24, 2010 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
"Let's go free some turtles, people!" With that cry, a flotilla of six boats motored slowly from the Louisiana state marine lab in Grand Isle, bound 50 miles due south with a precious cargo: 32 endangered sea turtles that had been plucked from the Gulf of Mexico's oily waters this summer. Their successful release this week ? the first rescued turtles returned to gulf waters off Louisiana ? signaled a milestone in the ecosystem's recovery from the 205 million gallons of oil that spewed from a blown-out deep-water well, and a benchmark in the effort to rehabilitate the region's wildlife.
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