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No. 282, 14th April 2017

1. Myanmar: 44 viable eggs found of one of the most endangered turtles on the planet
SOURCE: – DATE: 11th April 2017

With fewer than five female Burmese roofed turtles remaining in the wild, the discovery and protection of two viable egg clutches is cause for celebration.

For a while it was believed that the Burmese roofed turtle (Batagur trivittata) had gone the way of the dodo. Found only in Myanmar, the beautiful turtles were once common in the Ayeyarwady-Chindwin River system, but their numbers dropped steadily during the last half of the 20th century. After a long absence, however, a few members of the species were discovered and an assurance colony was started at a nearby zoo. Eleven years ago, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)/Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) scientists stepped in and began identifying and protecting nesting sites along the Chindwin River. This year the scientists have announced the recovery of 44 fertile eggs. Three clutches were found in total; two of the clutches contained viable eggs, but the third, located elsewhere, did not.

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Burmese roofed turtle

© K. Platt

Burmese roofed turtle

© K. Platt

2. The UK: Fears for future of turtle rescue centre
SOURCE: – DATE: 8th April 2017

What started as the rescue of one turtle has turned into a full-time role for a man from Kent in the United Kingdom. His home houses nearly 1,000 of the creatures - but a change in the law threatens their future. Now he's appealing for help to establish a permanent rescue centre. Under new laws in the UK an animal rescue centre will need to be registered as a charity to operate.

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3. The UK: Shelling out: Stunning 33 million-year-old fossilised turtle from the Badlands of South Dakota to sell for £3,500
SOURCE: – DATE: 10th April 2017

A 33-million-year old fossilised skeleton of a turtle is set to go under the hammer in London, the UK this month.

The ancient creature roamed the world in the Oligocene epoch at the end of the Paleogene Period. At the time it became buried the composition of the earth was vastly different and that area of land enjoyed warmer temperatures, making it a suitable habitat for turtles.

This ancient reptile was unearthed in an area of South Dakota, the USA known as the White River Badlands about five years ago. Scientific tests carried out after its excavation found it to be of the now extinct Stylemys genus, which lived in temperate and subtropical areas of North America, Europe and Asia. 

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turtle fossil

© Christies

4. The USA: National University studies bacteria effect on sea turtle nests
SOURCE: - DATE: 14th April 2017

As the nesting season begins for sea turtles off the coast of Florida, a study being conducted by a team of researchers 2,600 miles away could lead to steps that will help the endangered species survive.

The National University study is looking at sand taken from nesting sites at Florida beaches to determine what type of bacteria is in them, where it came from and whether it could harm the eggs laid by Loggerhead Sea Turtles (Caretta caretta).

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