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No. 28, 29th April 2012

1. Florida, USA: Tortoise ‘Frank The Tank' Dies At 100

Date: 23rd April 2012

The 660-pound Aldabra giant tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea), named ‘Frank the tank', was the oldest animal at the Silver Spring Nature's Theme Park (Central Florida), where he lived for nearly 40 years. Aldabra tortoises are a native species in a group of islands belonging to Seychelles, a country off Africa's east coast. Frank the Tank is believed to have died from old age on April 19th 2012. He was thought to be more than 100 years old.

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2. Philippine: Hong Kong to return rare Philippine turtles

Source: - Date: 25th April 2012

Airport authorities in Hong Kong seized 36 turtles in February after a flight arrived from Manila. The turtles seized from smugglers, including 20 of one of the world's rarest species, are to be returned from Hong Kong to the Philippines. It will mark the first time a protected Philippine species seized from the illegal wildlife trade abroad has been returned (ATP NOTE: possibly to the Philippines but other such returns have been undertaken, e.g. 34 endemic Vietnamese Pond Turtles, Mauremys annamensis, returned from Hong Kong to Vietnam in May 2006), Philippine environment department deputy chief Luz Corpuz told AFP. Wildlife authorities in Hong Kong will hand the 20 Philippine pond turtles (Siebenrockiella leytensis) and 16 South Asian box turtles (Cuora amboinensis) to Philippine enforcement officers on Friday. Trafficking in pond turtles is punishable by a six-year prison term and a million-peso ($23,447) fine in the Philippines.

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