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Training Course Aims to Provide Field Skills on Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle to Vietnam’s Student

From the 12th to 19th of March, the Asian Turtle Program (ATP) of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and the Turtle Conservation Center (TCC) of Cuc Phuong National Park held the seventh annual Tortoise and Fresh-water Turtle Field Skill Training Course. The weeklong course has been increasingly popular with 82 applicants from over 28 universities and colleges applying this year. Seven students from six universities throughout Vietnam, as well as one ranger from Pu Huong Nature Reserve participated in the training.

Through a combination of classroom instruction and field exercises, participants are provided with practical skills and experience relating to research and conservation of turtles such as measuring and mapping, using GPS, interview methods, aquatic trapping methods completing practical both in local communities and the forest. Students also learned about the extinction threats facing Asia’s turtles, about turtle ecology and how to identify different turtle species native to Vietnam.

The course was instructed by Tim McCormack, coordinator of the ATP, Hoang Van Thai, manager of the Cuc Phuong TCC. Four graduates from previous field skills training courses also helped organize and co-lead components of the training.

28th March 2011

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Mr. Hoang Van Thai of the TCC introduces the students to the Elongated tortoise Indotestudo elongata, an endangered and protected species in Vietnam




Thank you:


The ATP tortoise and freshwater turtle field skill training course has been supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), Birdlife International and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (CMZ). We would also like to thank Cuc Phuong National Park and the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) for hosting and participating in the training

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

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