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Lucky Keeled Box Turtles make it home after a close call with traders

Following being confiscated on the 18th of May 2011 two lucky Keeled Box Turtles (Cuora mouhotii) have been released back into the forest. The turtles were confiscated by rangers from Thanh Hoa Forest Protection Department after being found in the possession of a trader 20km outside Cuc Phuong National Park. Both turtles were transferred to the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) in the National Park for a health assessment before being released back into the forest on 19th of May 2011. The species remains under constant threat throughout its range in Vietnam, southern China, Laos and northern Myanmar due to collection for the wildlife trade. Now considered endangered it is a focal species of conservation efforts at the TCC.


Press release by: Hoang Van Thai, Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) of Cuc Phuong National Park

20th May 2011

Download this press release PDF here: English


Above: Sarah Wahl a new volunteer at the TCC with Ranger Nguyen Ha Lam from Thanh Hoa FPD handing the turtles into the centre


Above: One of the Keeled Box Turtles at the TCC prior to its release


Above: Hoang Van Thai from the TCC released the two lucky Keeled Box Turtles into their natural habitat in Cuc Phuong National Park

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In 2011 the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) is supported by Cuc Phuong National Park, the Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Intrepid Travel, Houston Zoo and Auckland Zoo

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Office: Room#1302, Thanh Cong Tower, 57 Lang Ha Street,
Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Vietnam

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