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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN

No. 239, 17th June 2016

1. Nepal: Indian trafficking tortoises and birds for China Vietnam cuisine arrested
SOURCE: indiaexpress.com – DATE: 17th June 2016

Nepalese authorities have arrested an Indian national in Kathmandu for the third time for allegedly smuggling 109 tortoises and 162 birds of different species from India to be supplied to restaurants in China and Vietnam. ATP NOTE: Indian Star Tortoise (Geochelone elegans) pictured but not confirmed as species in this case.

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Indian Star Tortoise

© The Indian Express

loris

© VOV

2. Vietnam: 40 wild animals rescued in Hanoi

SOURCE: vtv.vn - DATE: 14th June 2016

On the 13th of June 2016, Education for Nature in collaboration with Hanoi’s Environmental Police rescued 40 wildlife en route from Lang Son, border with China to Hanoi.  Thanks to the information of a loris being traded on Facebook notified by an ENV volunteer, ENV and functional agencies immediately took action to rescue the animals and detained two suspected. The animals included 1 Bengal Slow Loris (Nycticebus bengalensis) (1.5kg), 4 Black-Breasted Leaf Turtles (Geoemyda spengleri) and 35 green frogs.

The animals have been handed over to and currently under good care of Hanoi Rescue Centre. Loris is protected under Decree 160/2013/ND-CP. 

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3. China: Ground breaking procedure gives new hope for the survival of Rafetus
SOURCE: turtlesurvival.org – DATE: 3rd June 2016

Efforts are being made in China to artificially inseminate the female Swinhoe's softshell turtle (Rafetus Swinhoei).

In April 2016 efforts were made again to artificially inseminate the female Rafetus swinhoei in Shouzou Zoo, China. With only 3 animals currently known in existence and the male in China unable to mate naturally due to an old injury from a fight with another male the importance of these efforts cannot be under estimated.

Semen from the male was collected and surgically implanted into the female’s oviduct to try and ensure any viable semen successfully arrives at the eggs.

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Rafetus swinhoei

© TSA

4. India: 50 turtles recovered in Etawah
SOURCE: timesofindia.indiatimes.com – DATE: 14th June 2016

As many 50 turtles were recovered from the shop of a scrap dealer at Jaswantnagar in Etawah district (Uttar Pradesh, India) on Monday (13th June 2016).

Crime branch chief Azhar Ali said that the turtles protected under Schedule I category were recovered from Shanti Prasad Gihar, who runs a scrap shop at Government Girls Inter College road. He has been arrested and sent to jail. The turtles would be released in rivers, he said.

ATP NOTE: No identification on the turtle species has been provided.

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death leather sea turtle

© WWF-P

5. Pakistan: Construction, fishing practices negatively affecting Pakistan’s sea turtle
SOURCE: tribune.com.pk – DATE: 15th June 2016

Sea turtles are negatively affected by the construction along Karachi’s beaches in Pakistan. For instance, huts at Sandspit Beach and other construction debris on beaches affect turtles’ presence. Turtles used to frequent the sandy beaches to lay eggs.

The rise in sea pollution, especially plastic waste, is another negative factor as green turtles (Chelonia mydas) mistake plastic for seaweed and feed on it. Marine fishing practices in Pakistan are also affecting sea turtles.

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6. The Solomon Islands: Satellite tags aim to shed light on endangered hawksbill sea turtle migration
SOURCE: reuters.com – DATE: 16th June 2016

Scientists are tagging Hawksbill Sea Turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) in a key South Pacific breeding ground, hoping that information fed to satellites will help them better understand the endangered species' nesting, feeding and migration patterns.

With Thursday marking World Sea Turtle Day, environmental organization Nature Conservancy said it and local conservation officers are carrying out the project in the Arnavon Community Marine Conservation Area in the Solomon Islands, the largest hawksbill rookery in the South Pacific.

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