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"Scientific research involves going beyond the well-trodden and well-tested ideas and theories that form the core of scientific knowledge. During the time scientists are working things out, some results will be right, and others will be wrong. Over time, the right results will emerge."

Lisa Randall

Research Focus:

  • Conservation, ecology, taxonomy and evolution of the Genus Cuora

  • Studying the phylogeny and taxonomy of Genus Cuora​.

  • Active field research to gain a better understanding of the species native ecology to improve captive husbandry and set the path for future release projects.

  • Linking  protective measures for species conservation in the field, in-situ and ex-situ.

  • Studying the genetic composition and best population sizes to guarantee the long-term survival of this Genus in captivity and in nature and manage/advice the Studbooks accordingly.

  • Actively collaborating with the Studbooks for the different Cuora species to improve captivey husbandry and to conserve the species through captive breeding with the best possible genetic variability.

  • Raise awarness of this imperiled Genus via Publications, Presentations and local awareness raising.

  • Surveying the Chinese Turtle Market dynamics and the growing Chinese Turtle Farming Industry.



On the Difficulties of finding rare Chelonians in China, with some Notes on the Natural Habitat of Cuora yunnanensis

Auer, M., Blanck, T.


Radiata 28 (1): 4-20.

Turtles in Trouble: The World’s 25+ Most Endangered Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles.

Stanford, C.B., Rhodin, A.G.J., van Dijk, P.P., Horne, B.D., Blanck, T., Goode, E.V., Hudson, R., Mittermeier, R.A., Currylow, A., Eisemberg, C., Frankel, M., Georges, A., Gibbons, P.M., Juvik, J.O., Kuchling, G., Luiselli, L., Shi, H., Singh, S. & Walde, A. (eds.)


Turtle Conservation Coalition, Ojai: 79pp..

New subspecies of Cuora cyclornata (Blanck, McCord & Le, 2006), Cuora trifasciata (Bell, 1825) and Cuora aurocapitata (Luo & Zong, 1988).

Blanck, T., Zhou, T., Li, Y., Protiva, T., Crow, P., and Tiedemann, R.


Sichuan Journal of Zoology 36 (4):368–385.

Auf der Suche nach der scheuen Schönheit und den Höhlenschildkröten Teil 1.

Blanck, T., Braun, S. McCormack, T., Ha, H.V., Thang, N.T., Luc, N.V. & Le, M.


Marginata 47, 13(3): 48-62.

Auf der Suche nach der scheuen Schönheit und den Höhlenschildkröten Teil 2.

Blanck, T., Braun, S. McCormack, T., Ha, H.V., Thang, N.T., Luc, N.V. & Le, M.


Marginata 48, 14(4): 40-47.

A likely new natural hybrid form of “Cuora serrata” (Cuora picturata x Cuora mouhotii obsti) and its presence in the wild in Phu Yen province, Vietnam.

Struijk, R.P.J.H. & Blanck, T.E.G.


Herpetology Notes 9: 73-80.

Cuora picturata.

McCormack, T., Stuart, B. & Blanck, T.


The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T163463A115303820.

Cuora mouhotii mouhotii (northern keeled box turtle) and Cuora bouretti (Bourret's box turtle) Captive hybridization.

Struijk, R.P.J.H. & Blanck, T.E.G.


Herpetological Review 46 (2): 206.

New microsatellite markers allow high-resolution taxon delimitation in critically endangered Asian box turtles, genus Cuora.

Tiedemann, R., Schneider, A.R.R., Havenstein, K., Blanck, T., Meier, E., Raffel, M.


Salamandra 50 (3): 139-146.

In steilen Bächen. auf der Suche nach den "Adlerschnabelschildkröten" - Platysternon megacephalum in freier Wildbahn.

Blanck, T.


Marginata 39, 10(3): 10–19.

Zu Besuch bei Cuora galbinifrons auf Hainan, China.

Blanck, T.


Reptilia 99, 18(1): 100–109.

The turtle from nowhere: An Asian box turtle on the brink of extinction.

Blanck, T.


The Tortoise, 1(2): 64-69.

Zentral-Vietnam: Ostasiatischen "Bachschildkröten" und Hybriden auf der Spur.

Blanck, T. & Braun, S.


Marginata 38, 10(2): 18–30.

Conservation of the Angonoka (Ploughshare tortoise) Astrochelys yniphora.

Kiester, A.R., Mandimbihasina, A.R., Lewis, R.E., Goode, E.V., Juvik, J.O., Young, R. & Blanck, T.


Chelonian Research Monographs, 6, 162–170.

Haltung und Zucht von chinesischen Dreikielschildkröten (Mauremys reevesii Gray, 1831) in etwas anderen Dimensionen – die Schildkrötenfarmen Chinas.

Blanck, T., Zhou, T. & Li, P.-P.


Marginata, 9(3): 22–30.

Conservation of Asian Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles: Setting Priorities for the Next Ten Years. Recommendations and Conclusions from the Workshop in Singapore, February 21-24, 2011.

Horne, B.D., Poole, C.M., Walde A. (eds).


Experiments with various Incubation Factors for Eggs of Chelonia mydas in China.

Xia, Z.-R., Blanck, T., Li, P.-P., Cheng, I.-J., Gu, H.-X. & Zhao, E.-M.


Radiata, 21(1): 46–59.

Workshops recommend intensified focus on imperiled Asian box turtles, genus Cuora.

Hagen, C. & Blanck, T.


TSA Magazine, 2011: 15–17.

Turtles in Trouble: The World’s 25+ Most Endangered Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles—2011.

Turtle Conservation Coalition [Rhodin, A.G.J., Walde, A.D., Horne, B.D., van Dijk, P.P., Blanck, T., and Hudson, R. (eds)].


Lunenburg, MA: IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, Turtle Conservation Fund, Turtle Survival Alliance, Turtle Conservancy, Chelonian Research Foundation, Conservation International, Wildlife Conservation Society, and San Diego Zoo Global: 54 pp.

Cuora yunnanensis.

Van Dijk, P.P., Blanck, T. & Lau, M.


The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T5957A97360350.

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