10 rare Royal Turtles released into natural habitat in Cambodia

Ten of Cambodia’s nearly-extinct Royal Turtles were released on Thursday into their natural habitat in the Sre Ambel River in southwest Preah Sihanouk province, a conservationist group said.

The Royal Turtle, also known as Southern River Terrapin, is one of the world’s 25 most endangered freshwater turtles and tortoises and it is listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List as Critically Endangered.

The Royal Turtle release is the result of nearly two decades of turtle nest protection, care for the young turtles in the Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Centre, and community-based protection of turtles on the Sre Ambel River, said a joint statement issued by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Cambodia’s Fisheries Administration (FiA).

In full: http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-01/28/c_139705172.htm

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