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No. 35, 1st July 2012


1.  Malaysia calls for stop to trade in sea turtle eggs

SOURCE: - DATE: 28th June 2012

In a bid to save marine turtles from extinction the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has launched a campaign to stop Malaysians eating turtle eggs. Turtle are still openly sold in markets in parts of Malaysia. The animals historically arrived in their thousands to lay eggs on Malaysian beaches, but are now increasingly rare due to poaching and coastal development. The five-month online campaign aims to collect 40,000 signatures from Malaysians pledging to stop consuming the eggs and halt the trade in turtles and their parts. The organization also launched campaigns to draw the attention of the government to wildlife protection. As is documented by WWF-Malaysia, the turtle eggs trade has declined by 60% in 30 years. This figure, although positive perhaps, does not stress that nesting populations of marine turtles have also declined dramatically in this time. Such awareness activities are important but protection and enforcement are essential in protection of nesting beaches in Malaysia.

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2. Australia: Mysterious mass death of green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) in Australia

SOURCE: – DATE: 29th June 2012

Over the last week, more than 70 green turtles (Chelonia mydas) have washed up on beaches in northeast Australia. As many as 62 of the vulnerable species were confirmed dead and another 10 were spotted floating at sea by a helicopter. Scientists are at a loss to explain the mysterious deaths as there were no signs of toxicity, chemicals or parasites.

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3. Ecuador: Last Pinta giant tortoise Lonesome Geogre dies

SOURCE: – DATE: 24th June 2012

The Pinta giant tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni) , better known as the famous Lonesome George, considered the last individual of its subspecies, has died. Marking a sad day for conservation and highlighting the plight and ultimate threat to many turtle species around the work the loss of Lonesome George marks the extinction of a subspecies. Park officials of Galapagos National Park in Ecuador will carry out a post-mortem to determine the cause of his death. Ecuadorian officials said Lonesome George is to be embalmed and kept for future generations. . While his exact age is unknown, Lonesome George was estimated to be about 100, which made him a young adult in a species that can live to an age of 200. For decades, environmentalists have unsuccessfully tried to get the Pinta Island tortoise to reproduce with females from a similar subspecies on the Galapagos Islands.

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4. Dong Thap province, Vietnam: The amazing friendship of a stork and a turtle in a temple

SOURCE: – DATE: 28th June 2012

In Vietnamese culture the turtle and stork have always been significant. In Buddhism the stork standing on the turtles shell symbolises the balance between the earth and sky, with the turtle also representing long life. This article recounts a story from the end of the millennium where a stork and an Orange headed temple turtle (Heosemys grandis) apparently became friends in the Phuoc Kien temple, which was managed by a Monk Thich Hue Tu, in Dong Thap province, Vietnam. The stork, which was bought by the Monk in 1999, left the temple a couple of days before a wildlife conservation organization came to rescue it while the turtle, which arrived at the temple in 1948, died a few days after the stork left. According to the article the stork and turtle were close friends and very obedient to the Monk during the time they stayed with him.

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