Cambodia Releases Critically Endangered Royal Turtles Into River

Cambodia is home to several populations of endangered turtles, coveted as delicacies and traditional medicine in Vietnam and China.

Twenty critically endangered ‘Royal Turtles’ were released into a remote stretch of a Cambodian river on Friday — a species once feared extinct because of hunting, trafficking and illegal sand mining.

With chants from Buddhist monks and a flotilla of ceremonial flowers behind them, the reptiles inched into the Sre Ambel river system, in southwestern Preah Sihanouk province.

Conservationists hope they will form new breeding populations.

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