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School programs increase awareness for turtle species only found in the wild in 2010

The Lesser Indochinese Box turtle (Cuora picturata) is a critically endangered turtle species which remained with no known populations in the wild until 2010. When surveys by the University of Science of Ho Chi Minh City confirmed the species in 2010 and 2011 in Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa provinces of central Vietnam. The species appears to be a very localised endemic, found only in good quality mid-elevation forest of the Lang Bian Plateau, central Vietnam.

As a priority species for conservation the ATP has developed a school awareness program for the species. Lessons were held from the 18 th to 28 th February 2012 for 1,745 pupils in 64 classes of three schools in Khanh Hoa and Phu Yen province. All the students were enthusiastic and excited to learn about the forest environment and wildlife close to their villages. A focus of the lessons was the importance of tortoise and freshwater turtle species in the area, especially Cuora picturata.

The ATP hopes to engage schools around priority habitat in central Vietnam more frequently, extended the program to additional communities to raise awareness among all generations about the need to protect native turtle species.

 

Press release by: Ha Thi Nga - Asian Turtle Program (ATP)

19th March 2012

For more information please contact:

Asian Turtle Program (ATP) of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo,
Office: Room#1302, Thanh Cong Tower, 57 Lang Ha Street,
Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Vietnam

Tel: +84 (0) 4 3514 9750
Fax: +84 (0) 4 3514 9750 Ext11

Email: info@asianturtleprogram.org

 

Above: Students of 6.2 class at Nguyen Thai Binh school with a poster of Vietnam's tortoise and fresh water turtle species

Above: Nguyen Van Luc – ATP showing class 6A students of the Nguyen Thai Binh secondary school (Khanh Vinh district, Khanh Hoa province) a turtle shell

Above: Pupils of the 9.7 th class learning about turtles and threats through the Lucky turtle board game (To Hien Thanh school in Ninh Hoa town, Khanh Hoa province)

Above: Suoi Mit forest (Ninh Sim commune, Ninh Hoa town, Khanh Hoa province) where a Cuora picturata was found in the wild by the ATP in August 2011

 

Thank you:

 

The school program was a part of a conservation projects supported by the Critically Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) and the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund (MBZ) to develop a strategy for conservation of important tortoise and freshwater turtle species in Vietnam.

We would like to thank the Education & Training Department of Khanh Hoa and Phu Yen province, the Education & Training Department of Ninh Hoa, Khanh Vinh and Dong Hoa districts for their support during the school program. We are thankful that the headmasters and teachers in the three schools welcomed us and that the students participated so enthusiastically.

 

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For more information please contact:

Asian Turtle Program (ATP) of Cleveland Metoparks Zoo,
Office: Room#1302, Thanh Cong Tower, 57 Lang Ha Street,
Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Vietnam

Tel: +84 (0) 4 3514 9750
Fax: +84 (0) 4 3519 0383

Email: info@asianturtleprogram.org

 

 

 
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