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No. 142, 1st August 2014

1. The USA: Giant tortoise rescued from Northern California brush fire

SOURCE: – DATE: 26 th July 2014

A 200-pound (90 kg) tortoise was rescued Saturday from a wildfire that destroyed much of an Amador County resort. CalFire firefighters went back into a resort area off Highway 49 to retrieve the tortoise named Abe after the fire died down in the early morning   hours. The owners of the tortoise were forced to leave the 20-year-old reptile behind when flames raced through the Rancho Cicada retreat centre, destroying homes and cabins Friday afternoon.

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2. India: 175 turtles recovered in Lucknow, released in Ganga

SOURCE: timesofindia – DATE: 27 th July 2014

In a joint operation by police and forest department, 175 turtles weighing over 15 quintals (1,500kg), were seized near Mohansarai bypass in Rohania area on Saturday. The turtles were being smuggled to West Bengal for being sold in international market. The smugglers managed to escape. The police seized the vehicle, in which turtles were being transported. The forest department released the turtles in Ganga at Rajghat, India. The recovered turtles belonged to Indian soft shell (Nilssonia gangetica), and Indian tent turtle (Pangshura tentoria) species.

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3. Record-breaking turtle migration exposes limits of marine reserves

SOURCE: – DATE: 28 th July 2014

Researchers have tracked a green turtle (Chelonia mydas) migrating nearly 4,000 kilometres from its home. That ' s a record breaker for the species, but it is bad news for some marine protected areas (MPAs). Such zones are off-limits to fishing, yet they may not be keeping these turtles — and other highly migratory animals — safe, according to a new study.

Although MPAs can work well at protecting habitats like coral reefs and nonmigratory wildlife such as the coconut crab, the authors say that more effort needs to be made to protect migratory species such as the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) and the hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) from poachers, marine debris, and fishing gear entanglement. The study found that turtles spend most of their time outside these protected areas, and suggests supplementing large protected areas with smaller MPAs. The study shows that even the largest MPAs cannot work in isolation, says Janice Blumenthal, a research officer for the Cayman Islands Department of Environment in George Town who works with sea turtle ecology. “We need international cooperation in ocean conservation.”

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4. Malta: Two loggerhead sea turtles released after 9 months of rehabilitation

SOURCE: – DATE: 29 th July 2014

Nature Trust (Malta) Wildlife Rescue Team this morning (the 29th of July 2014) released two loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) after they had been for approximately nine months under rehabilitation at San Lu ċ jan Centre in Marsaxlokk, Malta. Monster, a 47kg turtle had been brought in with a hook in the mouth and a nylon fishing line in its intestines. Since the hook had been in the mouth for a long time an abscess had developed round the wound. The nylon line took almost eight months to come out after daily medication by the Volunteers of the Rehabilitation Unit of Nature Trust (Malta). A second turtle, eight year old Neil, was brought in by a fisherman who found the turtle near Hurds Bank covered with oil and barnacles indicating it has been floating and not eating for a long time. Neil spent 7 months in rehabilitation after being de-oiled and cleaned and placed on vitamins to regain his strength

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5. Thanh Hoa province, Vietnam: Detection of 30 wild animals

SOURCE: – DATE: 29 th July 2014

On the 29th of July, Thanh Hoa province's Forest Protection team I detected 30 wild animals in a large transit bus, which was heading to Ha Noi from Gia Lai province. On further inspection officers discovered 5 pangolins weighing 25,5kg and 25 turtles weighing 25kg in total. The driver of this car was identified as Hoang Sy Long (born in 1979, in Yen Do Ward, Pleiku city, Gia Lai province). ATP NOTE: The confiscated turtles were identified as Striped-necked leaf turtle (Cyclemys oldhamii) and Impressed Tortoise (Manouria impressa). All the turtles were sold by the authorities.  

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6. Quang Ninh province, Vietnam: 16 pangolins and 114 turtles confiscated

SOURCE: – DATE: 30 th July 2014

Around 15:00hrs on the 29 th of July, Crime Prevention Police in collaboration with a Transport Police of Hai Phong city inspected a car (No 14C-093.91) at 18A Highway near White Bridge area, Dai Yen ward, Ha Long city, Quang Ninh province. The highway patrol team detected a car carrying 16 pangolins weighing 70kg and 114 turtles weighing 78kg. At that time, Mr Kieu Van Quang, the car driver was unable to prove the origin of the animals. All the pangolins and turtles were handed over to Ha Long Forest Protection Department.

ATP NOTE: The recused turtles included 24 Striped-necked leaf turtles (Cyclemys pulchristriata) (18kg) and the rest were Cuora galbinifrons sp. . Mr Kinh, Head of Ha Long city ' s Forest Protection Department said that all the confiscated turtles were transferred to Soc Son Wildlife Rescue Centre on the 30 th of July 2014.

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