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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN

No. 285, 5th May 2017

1. Vietnam: Confiscation of 5 critically endangered Indochinese Box Turtles in northern Vietnam - TCC and ATP on the way to rescue.
SOURCE: vov.vn – DATE: 4th May 2017

On the 3rd of May 2017, the Environmental Police Department of Ha Nam province in northern Vietnam confiscated five critically endangered Indochinese Box Turtles (Cuora galbinifrons sp.) and one King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah). The animals were being illegally transported by a man named Vu Van Nghia (a resident of Ha Nam province). No documentation could be shown for the origins of these animals. He confessed that he was hired to transport them from Nghe An province to Ha Nam province.

The turtles were rescued and transferred to Turtle Conservation Centre - Cuc Phuong National Park. They included 3 Indochinese Box Turtles (Cuora galbinifrons) and 2 Bourret's Box Turtles (Cuora bourreti).

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Desert Tortoise

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2. The USA: US Marines Airlifted 1,100 Tortoises to New Desert Homes
SOURCE: livescience.com – DATE: 26th April 2017

The U.S. Marine Corps had an unusual mission this month: to airlift more than 1,000 Desert Tortoises across the Mojave Desert.

Desert tortoises are native to the southwestern desert, and a population of the reptiles had made their home near the U.S. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California, the USA. However, plans to expand the Marines' training grounds for large-scale exercises with live fire would have put the tortoises at risk, so the military took on the massive task of relocating approximately 1,100 Desert Tortoises.

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3. Libya: Some 1,900 tortoises seized in Benghazi
SOURCE: libyaherald.com – DATE: 28th April 2017

As many as 1,870 Kleinmann's tortoises (Testudo kleinmanni) were seized in the Sidi Khalifa area of Benghazi, Libya by anti-smuggling forces today. It is claimed that the smugglers intended to sell them in Egypt where they can fetch a small fortune.

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Kleinmann's Tortoise

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leatherback sea turtle

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4. Indonesia: Balinese rituals fuel spike in trafficking of endangered sea turtles
SOURCE: mongabay.com – DATE: 4th May 2017

Indonesia is home to six of the world's seven sea turtle species. International rules prevent any of them from being traded internationally, and the domestic trade is heavily controlled. After Bali's high priests issued a strict regulation in 2005 on the use of turtles in ceremonies, consumption of their meat dropped dramatically. But a recent series of busts seem to indicate a significant surge in turtle smuggling to the island. For now, Indonesian authorities' main strategy appears to be education.

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