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6th January 2017

A time lapse video of construction of waterfall enclosures for the Big-headed Turtle in Vietnam

A time lapse video of construction of waterfall enclosures for the Big-headed Turtle in Vietnam

In Cuc Phuong National Park in northern Vietnam we have been working to build some outdoor waterfall enclosures for the endangered Big-headed Turtle (Platysternon megacephalum). 


13th December 2016

The Turtle Conservation Centre Mannaquin challenge Vietnam 2016

A day in the life of the Turtle Conservation Centre of Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam where we are constantly working hard to care for endangered tortoises and freshwater turtles rescued from the wildlife trade.

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17th October 2016

Confiscation of endangered box turtles in Hanoi, Vietnam

On the 17th of October, 2016, Economic Police of Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi, Vietnam, in collaboration with the Hanoi Environmental Crime Prevention Police confiscated two critically endangered Indochinese box turtle (Cuora galbinifrons) being transported illegally by Nguyen Duc Dung residing in Phu Xuyen District, Hanoi.

23rd September 2016

World’s Rarest Turtle Filmed for the first time in the wild

First ever video of the world's rarest turtle in the wild - Swinhoe's Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei).

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26th July 2016

Storm hit wild habitat of Swinhoe's Softshell Turtle

Last week, Tuesday the 19th of July 2016, a storm hit Dong Mo Lake near Hanoi. The only known wild home of Swinhoe's Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei). In this video by the ATP team working at the lake, you can see even this picturesque lake can get pretty wild. Not a day to be on the boat. Video by Pham Van Thong - ATP/IMC.

1st March 2016

Report on Dong Mo turtle on Vietnam Television (VTC14)

The video discusses the lack of interest in the Dong Mo Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) in comparison to the legendary Hoan Kiem Turtle of the same species.



11th February 2016

Watch a rare albino turtle hatch in Australia

An albino green turtle (Chelonia mydas), nicknamed Alby, has stunned wildlife volunteers after hatching on Queensland’s Castaways Beach on 7th February.

The rare creature was born several days after his 121 siblings had hatched and vacated the nest.

22nd January 2016

Legendary Hoan Kiem Turtle Hanoi Vietnam - Last footage before he died

Taken over Turtle Island in Hanoi's Hoan Kiem Lake, Vietnam on the 22nd of December 2015. This is possibly the last and quite easily the most amazing video of this legendary turtle ever. Thank you so much Planet Hero for sharing. Very special.

14th May 2015

Hanoi TV made a report about Tim McCormack for Vietnam connection program at ATP office.

The report was showed on Hanoi TV at 10am, on 23rd May and posted on Hanoi TV website on 26th May 2015

24th February 2015

Taking Down Vietnam's Marine Turtle Kingpin

On the 19th of November 2014, Vietnam’s National Environmental Police raided three warehouses in the city of Nha Trang and discovered more than 4.3 tons of dead marine turtles. A month later local police raided three additional locations connected to the same criminal network and found 4,000 more marine turtles.


12th January 2015

The USA: This 12-Foot-Tall Sea Turtle Made Out of Snow Will Put Your Snowman to Shame

These 3 brothers from New Brighton, Minnesota, USA have built a 12 foot tall marine turtle out of snow.  Austin, Trevor and Connor Bartz posted the above time-lapse video of the construction process.

6th September 2013

VTV1 Television news covers Mauremys return event (Vietnamese)

Vietnamese TV station covers historic event of 71 Vietnamese pond turtles (Mauremys annamensis) returning from Europe to Vietnam.

15th December 2012

Turtles in Vietnamese culture

Turtles are an integral part of many legends in Vietnam. One legend tells how the Kim Quy Deity (Golden Turtle Deity) presented itself to An Dương Vương, who ruled over the kingdom of Âu Lạc (now Vietnam) from 257 to 207 BC, in answer to his prayers. The Golden Turtle gave a claw which was used to make the trigger of a crossbow which was the Vietnamese armies secret weapon in their victory against Zhao Tuo, a Qin general. Another 15th-century legend tells the story of King Lê Lợi who returned his sacred sword named Thuận Thiên (Heaven's Will) to the Golden Turtle in Lục Thủy lake after he had defeated the invading Chinese Ming army. The name of Lục Thủy lake was then changed to Sword Lake (Vietnamese: Hồ Gươm) or Lake of the Returned Sword (Hoàn Kiếm Lake).

In Vietnamese culture turtles have also traditionally being considered a symbol of longevity and everlastingness, 82 stone stele mounted on the backs of carved turtles can be found in Hanoi’s temple of literature where they record results from imperial examinations of the Lê and Mạc dynasties from 1442 to 1779.

24th June 2011

Dong Mo Art Competition Giving Prizes 2011

Art competition held in Vietnam by the Asian Turtle Program (ATP) of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo for the critically endangered Swinhoe's softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) in schools surrounding the only known wild habitat for the species. A sacred turtle of the same species survives in a central Hanoi lake where the animal is known as the the Hoan Kiem Turtle.

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