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Ho Chi Minh City pagoda hands turtles to Wildlife Rescue Centre following student project

On Sunday the 10th of May 2009 the Quan Am Pagoda in District 5 Ho Chi Minh City handed over 219 turtles of seven species to Simon Faithfull and Mr Giang from the Wildlife at Risk Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Center (CCWRC). The rescue followed a student research project by Mr Duong Ding Vuong and Miss Hanh Thi Tram of Ho Chi Minh University of Forestry and Agriculture who had conducted surveys of turtles in Ho Chi Minh City Pagodas with support from the Asian Turtle Program (ATP) of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

The turtles included 3 Asian Box Turtles (Cuora amboinensis), 11 Malayan Snail-eating Turtles (Malayemys sutrijuga), 5 Elongated Tortoise (Indotestudo elongata), 1Chinese Striped-necked Turtle (Ocadia sinensis), 3 Yellow Headed Temple Turtles (Hieremys annandalii), 3 Giant Asian Pond Turtles (Heosemys grandis) and 193 Red Eared Slider Turtles (Trachemys scripta elegans). Three species of which are fully protected under Vietnamese national law. The turtles are now being cared for at the WAR Cu Chi rescue centre from where some species will hopefully be returned to the wild.

Photos by: Nhu Phu of the Labour Newspaper

Press Release 2nd February 2010

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Mr Son & Hai from Quan Am pagoda hands the turtles to Simon Faithfull from Wildlife at Risk (WAR) and Vuong from Ho Chi Minh University of Forestry and Agriculture

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The turtles ready to leave the pagoda for their new home at the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Centre


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Support for the survey was provided by Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) Shellshock Campaign. We would also like to thank Wildlife at Risk (WAR) for their support in receiving the turtles

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