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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN
No. 45, 9th September 2012
3. Britain. Vietnamese box turtles bred successfully at Bristol Zoo
SOURCE: bbc.co.uk - DATE: 5th September 2012
A baby Vietnamese box turtle (Cuora bourreti), which is one of the world's rarest turtles and edemic to central Vietnam, was hatched at Bristol Zoo in July and is now roughly 28g in weight and measures around 5cm (2in) in length. An adult box turtle weighs around 1kg, measures around 20cm long and can live for up to 50 years. The youngster, called Vernon, is being kept in a climate-controlled boggy tank (warm, humid and quiet with soil and leaves for burrowing) and hand fed chopped worms by keepers. Mr. Tim Skelton, reptile curator, who hopes to learn a lot from the youngster to improve the chance of success in the future. The current threat facing this species is hunting for their meat, medicinal uses or as pets.
The Bristol Zoo is the second European zoo (after a zoo in Germany) to successfully breed this species.Link to this web article online (English)
5. Indonesia and Japan work together on sea turtle conservation
SOURCE: thejakartapost.com - DATE: 8th September 2012
The population of Hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) in Indonesia has declined by 80% partly due to excessive exports of their carapaces to Japan, which began in the 1950s. Conditions deteriorated with illegal turtle egg gathering in the 1970s. Facing sharp criticisms from the global community, Japan banned the importation of carapace from Indonesia, but the Japanese government did nothing to actually stop the activity. In order to solve the problem, ELNA, a Kanagawa-based non-profit organization established in 1999, to conserve marine life and habitats in the Asian region is now , focuses on conservation of sea turtles and whales in Japan and Indonesia. Jointly working with ELNA since 1997, the Indonesia Sea Turtles Foundation (YPLI) has protected 10,770 nesting sites of Hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) and 7,008 nesting sites of Green turtles (Chelonia mydas) in conservation areas on five islands: Segama Besar (East Lampung), Pesemut (East Belitung), Momperang (East Belitung), Kimar (Belitung), and Penambun (West Kalimantan).