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Keeled Box Turtle hatchling found in semi-wild enclosure at the Turtle Conservation Centre, Vietnam

On the 1st of January 2011 staff of the Turtle Conservation Center (TCC) in Cuc Phuong National Park found, much to their surprise, a hatchling Keeled Box Turtle (Cuora mouhotii) within the large adult breeding enclosure. This little surprise to the start of the new year most likely hatched last year and remained undetected overwintering in the large 84m2 enclosure. An endangered species native to the national park the semi-wild outdoor enclosures offer suitable conditions for the species to nest and hatch naturally.

The healthy hatchling was transferred to an enclosure with other Keeled Box turtles of the same age class. In the future the national park hopes to release some offspring from successful captive breeding back into nature.

Press release by Sarah Wahl

6th June 2011


Cuora mouhotii hatchling


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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