Cambodia takes measures to save rare Royal Turtle

Thirty nearly extinct Royal Turtle babies hatched in an artificial sandbank at the Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Center (KKRCC) in southwest Cambodia’s Koh Kong province last week, a conservationist group has announced.

This is the second time that Royal Turtles have laid eggs in captivity in Cambodia, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in Cambodia said in a press statement.

During the 2022 nesting season, Royal Turtles in a captive-breeding group at KKRCC laid 81 eggs in nine clutches and 30 of them hatched, the statement said, adding that this compares favorably with 2021, when only one of 71 eggs in five clutches successfully hatched.

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