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No. 192, 24th July 2015

1. Ca Mau province, Vietnam: Release of 42 turtles into the forest
SOURCE: – DATE: 20th July 2015

Ca Mau Forest Protection Department in collaboration with U Minh Ha National Park released 42 Malayan snail-eating turtles (Malayemys subtrijuga) to the wild. These animals had been detected at a business in District 7, Ca Mau city, Ca Mau province, Vietnam.

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sea level impact turtle eggs
© D. Pike

2. Australia: Rising seas a threat to turtle egg survival
SOURCE: – DATE: 22nd July 2015

The findings from a study of turtle eggs from the remote Raine Island 600 kilometres off the coast of Cairns (Queensland, Australia) have been reported in the Royal Society journal Open Science. Australian researchers say that inundation by seawater is partly to blame for slashing the viability of Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) eggs. However, they say, most of the eggs are failing for some, as yet unknown factor.

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3. China: No Motherhood Yet for 100-Year-Old Turtle
SOURCE: – DATE: 22nd July 2015

Two months ago the world’s conservationists crossed their collective fingers and waited to find out if a 100-year-old female Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei), the last of her gender, would—after artificial insemination—finally lay fertile eggs and save her species from extinction.

The Turtle Survival Alliance reported this week that the centenarian did lay 89 eggs, but all were infertile. That doesn’t mean the quest is over, however. The female is expected to lay one or two more clutches of eggs this year. Conservationists will try to inseminate here again before then.

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Rafetus swinhoei

© Lu Shunqing

Sea turtle in Con Dao
© Hien Le

4. Vietnam: Rescue and release 150,000 baby turtles to the sea
SOURCE: – DATE: 23rd July 2015

Con Dao National Park (Con Dao Island, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Vietnam) is the very first place in Vietnam to successfully implement a conservation and rescue program for sea turtles. Up to now, Con Dao National Park has successfully protected, hatched and released about 150,000 baby turtles to the sea.

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Blanding's tortoise

© W. Xuan-qi

5. Taiwan: Turtles, pangolins seized in massive smuggling bust in Taiwan
SOURCE: - DATE: 24th July 2015

Taiwan's Coast Guard recently made the biggest turtle smuggling bust in the country's history.

In a press release, the Taiwan Coast Guard announced that on the 16th of July, the Tainan-based mobile investigative division of Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration raided the property of a suspected smuggler in the Guanyin district of the northern city of Taoyuan of Taiwan. Authorities found a stash of protected animal and plant life, including 3,676 wild turtles, a collection of yellow-margined box turtle eggs, 14 snakes, five pangolins, 533 kilograms of stout camphor wood and 33 kg of Taiwan cypress wood.

The animal species found on the raid included 469 Chinese Pond Turtles (Mauremys reevesii), 2,286 Yellow-Margined Box Turtles (Cuora flavomarginata), 920 Yellow Pond Turtles (Mauremys mutica), 1 side-necked turtle, 12 cobras, 2 Beauty Rat Snakes (Orthriophis taeniurus), and five frozen pangolins. The figure has set the record for the largest number of turtles ever to be uncovered in a smuggling raid in Taiwan.

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