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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN

No. 191, 17th July 2015

1. Cambodia: Release of Reared Rare Cambodian Turtles Holds Promise for Restoration

SOURCE: dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com – DATE: 13th July 2015

The Wildlife Conservation Society, working with Cambodia’s Fisheries Administration, announced today that 21 captive-raised Southern River Terrapins (Batagur affinis) have been released into their native waterways in southwest Cambodia. More than 150 villagers, government representatives, and religious leaders attended ceremonies for the release.

Southern river terrapins were believed extinct in Cambodia until 2000 when a small population was re-discovered by WCS in the Sre Ambel River system. Today, they are critically endangered and considered one of the world’s 25 most endangered tortoises and freshwater turtles.

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southern river terrapins released
© T. Leiper

130 kg od wildlife seized
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2. Quang Binh province, Vietnam: 130kg of wildlife confiscated in a bus
SOURCE: thiennhien.net – DATE: 15th July 2015

On the 14th of July 2015, at the area of Quang Ninh district, Quang Binh province, Quang Binh traffic police (PC67) stopped a bus plated 75B-009.59 running northwards. The vehicle was driven by Tran Van Duc (living in Hue). The police found more than 130kg of wild animals, hidden in the trunk under the truck. The animals include 1 wild boar (Sus scrofa) weighing 25kg, 1 python weighing 1kg, 13 alive soft-shelled turtles weighing 58.5kg, and three other pythons that were processed and carefully wrapped weighing 37kg. Duc confessed that he was hired to transport these animals from Hue to an unidentified man in Quang Binh. Quang Binh traffic police handed over the wildlife to Quang Binh province’s Forest Protection Department. ATP NOTE: no identification was made on the species of turtle involved.

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3. Turtle Hotspots Identified Around the World Contain Diverse Species and Richness
SOURCE: enn.com – DATE: 15th July 2015

Global biodiversity is becoming more threatened as the human population continues to grow and use the world’s resources. Turtles have the misfortune of being on the leading edge of biodiversity decline and serve as an indicator of ecosystem degradation.

Researchers have identified 16 turtle “hotspots” which host 262 species, or 83 percent of all turtle species around the world. These regions host the many native species of tortoises and freshwater turtles. By focusing on such areas, conservationists can target preservation efforts where the greatest effects can be achieved.

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sea turtle hotspots

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turtle egg trading
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4. The USA: Brunswick man accused a second time of poaching sea turtle eggs
SOURCE: savannahnow.com – DATE: 16th July 2015

A Brunswick man who spent six months in federal prison for taking endangered sea turtle eggs from Sapelo Island (McIntosh County, Georgia, the USA) is in jail again, this time on state charges for the same type of offense. Lewis Jackson Sr., 61, is in the McIntosh County Jail (Georgia, the USA) charged with taking protected species, destroying wildlife habitat and possession of illegally taken wildlife.

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5. The Philippines: Captive-breeding claims turned turtle

SOURCE: traffic.org – DATE: 16th July 2015

The Palawan Forest Turtle is fully protected under domestic legislation, which prohibits international and domestic trade in wild-caught individuals. However, international trade in captive-bred animals is permitted under this law and also under CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), even though the species has never been bred in captivity. To get around the legislation, unscrupulous traders label shipments of wild-caught animals as captive-bred.The successful hatching of a fertile Palawan Forest Turtle (Siebenrockiella leytensis) egg provides further evidence that wildlife traffickers are making bogus claims about captive-breeding of reptiles, according to TRAFFIC, Katala Foundation Inc. (KFI) and Wildlife Reserves Singapore. The egg was laid before its release by a recently seized gravid female Palawan Forest Turtle. In June, more than 4000 Palawan Forest Turtles were seized by authorities in the Philippines.

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6. Phu Yen province, Vietnam: illegal wildlife farm detected
SOURCE: vtv.vn – DATE: 17th July 2015

On the 15th of July 2015, when investigating the house of Tran Thi Ngat at Hoa Thanh commune, Dong Hoa district, Phu Yen province, Vietnam, District Police found 33 Bengal monitors (Varanus bengalensis) weighing 82kg, 16 turtles, 3 Asian palm civets (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) and 1 Long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) being kept inside the house and some other animals in the freezer. The animals were handed over to Phu Yen’s Forest Protection Department and would soon be released into the wild. ATP NOTE: no identification was made on the species of turtle involved. 

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illegal wildlife farm in Phu Yen province, Vietnam

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