banner
Vietnamesevietnamese Englishenglish english Share  

 

School children in Vietnam learn about
the world's rarest turtle living next door

From the 11th to 15th September 2017 the annual school program was held for secondary school children living close to the world's rarest rurtle, the Hoan Kiem Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei). A special lesson plan was presented for five local secondary schools around Dong Mo Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam.

As a priority species for turtle conservation, the ATP has developed and run a long-term school program for the species at a number of locations. This year, a total of 1,051 students of 6th and 7th grades participated in the program. All the students were enthusiastic and excited to learn about Vietnams 25 tortoise and freshwater turtle species, particularly the giant, rare turtle living in Dong Mo Lake not far from the schools. Actions taken and needed to protect this legendary turtle were also discussed and ideas given on how the students could support conservation themselves.

“I am so happy to see the excitement of the students when they enjoyed our school program, especially when they’re playing the Lucky turtle game. It was also unforgettable experiences to have while standing in front of that many students to help them learn about turtle conservation”, said Phan Quoc Dung and Nguyen My Linh, volunteers for the ATP.

Press release by: Nguyen Tai Thang – ATP/IMC.
DATE: 02nd Oct 2017

Download this press release PDF here: English pdf

Download this press release PDF here: Vietnamese pdf

Dong Mo SP

Above: Ha Hoang of the ATP is giving an introduction to a hard-shell turtle adaptation. Photo by Nguyen Van Trong – ATP/IMC

 

Dong Mo school program

Above: The students enjoyed “examining” a turtle shell. Photo by Nguyen Tai Thang – ATP/IMC.

Dong Mo school program

Above: During the school program, Nguyen Tai Thang of the ATP also made a presentation on illegal turtle trade highlighting major threats to wild turtle population of Vietnam. Photo by Nguyen Van Trong – ATP/IMC.

Dong Mo school program

Above: Students are eagerly playing the board game “Lucky turtle”.
Photo by Nguyen Tai Thang – ATP/IMC.
.

 

We would like to thank Son Tay and Ba Vi district department of education, secondary schools of Kim Son, Co Dong, Son Dong, and Yen Bai commune, especially to our wonderful volunteers, Phan Quoc Dung and Nguyen My Linh of Vietnam National University of Forestry, for their supports to this year school program. We would also like to thank Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), IUCN and the Turtle Conservation Fund (TCF) for supporting our Rafetus work

 

cepf
iucn

 

cepf
Tcf

Support Our Conservation Activities, if you would like our program and activities please visit our donations page or click the donate button

paypal

For more information please contact:

Asian Turtle Program (ATP) - Indo-Myanmar Conservation
Office: Room#1806, C14 Bac Ha Building, To Huu road, Nam Tu Liem district, Hanoi, Vietnam
PO Box 46
Tel: +84 (0) 24 7302 8389
Email: info@asianturtleprogram.org

 

 

 
MBZ ATP would like to thanks the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund for supporting this website
Asian Turtle Program - Indo-Myanmar Conservation
Room#1806 CT1, C14 Bac Ha Building, To Huu Street, Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
PO Box 46
Phone:+84 (0) 24 7302 8389
E-mail: info@asianturtleprogram.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AsianTurtleProgram

Also in the News Vietnam

Other information that might be of interest to you follow this link

Support the Program

For more information on supporting the Asian Turtle Program please contact us