Rare Turtles Released

PHNOM PENH: The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in collaboration with the Fisheries Administration Wildlife Reserve Singapore and The Turtle Survival Alliance has released 565 Asian giant softshell turtle (Pelochelys cantorii)  to live in the natural habitat on the Mekong River.

According to the WCS, on Sept. 20, the softshell turtle  is among the world’s most endangered species, while its number continued to fall sharply in recent years. Many thought the species was extinct from Cambodia, until 2007  when some were found again on a stretch of the Mekong River between Kratie and Stung Treng.

People in the area are urged to help protect the turtles and not capture them or eat the eggs.

Since 2007, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has implemented conservation projects  in cooperation with Fisheries Administration and Alliance for the Reservation of Turtles, have taken former egg collectors to work as project staff to find and protect nests.

By: Mongkol https://www.dap-news.com/2018/09/20/%E1%9E%9F%E1%9E%8F%E1%9F%92%E1%9E%9C%E1%9E%80%E1%9E%93%E1%9F%92%E1%9E%92%E1%9E%B6%E1%9E%99-%E1%9E%80%E1%9F%92%E1%9E%94%E1%9E%B6%E1%9E%9B%E1%9E%80%E1%9E%84%E1%9F%92%E1%9E%80%E1%9F%82%E1%9E%94%E1%9E%87/


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