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WLT funds urgent rescue of Critically Endangered turtles

18 December, 2015 - 15:38 -- World Land Trust
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Keeled Box Turtle.

Illegally trafficked turtles are being rehabilitated thanks to a donation of US$2,000 from World Land Trust (WLT).

Earlier in the year the Vietnamese authorities intercepted almost 100 Critically Endangered and 82 Endangered turtles and transferred them to a rescue centre near Hanoi.

WLT staff visited the Cuc Phuong Turtle Conservation Centre on a recent site visit to Vietnam and were pleased to see the care and attention provided to the turtles.

Roger Wilson, Senior Conservationist said: “Rehabilitation for these turtles is going to take a long time due to the condition they were found in, but it is reassuring to know that they are being given the best possible chance of survival in the rescue centre”

Khe Nuoc Trong

“Khe Nuoc Trong is vital for the conservation of these species both on a national and international scale.”
Natalie Singleton, Programmes Development Officer

Roger and Natalie were visiting Vietnam to inspect the progress of a forest initiative in Khe Nuoc Trong, supported by WLT’s Carbon Balanced programme. WLT’s conservation work in Vietnam is in partnership with Viet Nature Conservation Centre.

Species such as Bourret’s Box Turtle (Cuora bourreti), Keeled Box Turtle (Cuora mouhotii) and Big-headed Turtle (Platysternon megacephalum) are all found within Khe Nuoc Trong, forest, in Vietnam’s Quang Binh province.

Natalie Singleton, Programmes Development Officer, “Quang Binh Province has one of the highest levels of herpetofaunal diversity in Vietnam and Khe Nuoc Trong is therefore vital for the conservation of these species both on a national and international scale.”

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WLT donated $2,000 so that the turtles could be properly fed, rehydrated and transported to a turtle centre in south of Hanoi. The turtles are receiving proper medical attention from experienced staff and will stay at the rescue centre for long term rehabilitation.

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WLT funds a team of rangers in Khe Nuoc Trong and a donation to WLT’s Keepers of the Wild programme will ensure ongoing monitoring and protection of threatened species in the reserve.

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Herpetology survey records three species new to Khe Nuoc Trong »


Submitted by Dominic Belfield on

Turtles DEFINITELY need more friends in this age of rapacious consumption - friends like us ! So I'm so very glad to see us (WLT) pitch in and deliver this kind of assistance as and where we can to these beleaguered animals. They're from such an ancient and distinguished lineage that we should really be treating them with more of the respect becoming to their station.

Well Done to all of you involved with this. Please do more as and when you can.

In Ghana, extensive work on sea/marine turtles has been undertaken by the Conservation Organisations in Ghana with support from international organisations but for the freshwater chelonians, little or no studies have been undertaken to document the species that occur in Ghana, therefore, the freshwater turtle and tortoises are classed as the data deficient species in the country.
Other data deficient species include crocodiles, snakes, etc. There is the need for studies to be conducted to identify and determine the ecology and biology of these species and the associated risks facing them in their habitats.
The survey will be conducted in communities believed to have caught or hunted freshwater turtles and tortoises through the use of poster showing freshwater turtles and tortoises of Africa. Local Community members will be encouraged to identify from the poster, species they have caught or seen in their community and also try to gather information about possible areas they consider being a nesting sites for the turtles and tortoises.
The various ways in which the use the turtles will also be documented. Shells of turtle and tortoises will also be collected for proper identification. Photographs of species sighted during the survey will be taken for better identification. Please contact if, we can send project proposal for funding as son as possible

I really hope some of the turtle species will be saved. This blog post gave a reason to tell you about one of the other threats of turtles, especially these living in the ocean. Plastic waste is considered one of the highest threats due to the fact that it very often resembles their natural food supply such as jelly fish and they swallow plastic bags which stop their breathing so try to reduce your plastic rubbish because it gets into the ocean in the end.
Plastic waste such as straws get in their nose and it's really painful to pull it out afterwards. you can even see a video about this on Youtube.
Pay attention to the period when turtles multiply and if there is anything you can help them with, do it, because they are very crucial and unique animal species!

The poor animals. It is great that WLT staff helped those little fellows. You are great! Unfortunately, those who suffer from our mistakes are the animal species and in fact.. the entire planet. The accumulated waste, gas emissions and water pollution are maybe the biggest problems of 21st century.

Sadly, this kind of turtles are not the only endangered species. Ocean waste is the contemporary plague, which greatly contributes to the struggle of marine life and not only. If we look at the list of extinct species ever since human race has been involved in our planet's life, we'd be terrified to find that it goes on and on.

Slaughtered for their eggs, meat, skin and shells, sea turtles suffer from poaching and over-exploitation. They also face habitat destruction and accidental capture in fishing gear. Climate change has an impact on turtle nesting sites. It alters sand temperatures, which then affects the sex of hatchlings.

It is great that there are people who try to help them. It is really sad that human kind is the main reason for turtles's extinction.

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