Monday, 20 July 2015

One of world’s rarest turtles heading back to the wild

Rarest Turtles Heading Back to the Wild

Date:July 15, 2015

Source:Wildlife Conservation Society

Twenty-one captive-raised southern river terrapins have been released back into their native habitat in southwest Cambodia.

WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) and the Royal Government of Cambodia's Fisheries Administration announced today that 21 captive-raised southern river terrapins have been released back into their native habitat in southwest Cambodia. More than 150 villagers, government representatives, and religious leaders attended ceremonies for the release.


Southern river terrapins were believed extinct in Cambodia until 2000 when a small population was re-discovered by WCS in the Sre Ambel River system. Today, they are critically endangered and considered one of the world's 25 most endangered tortoises and freshwater turtles.

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