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ATP WEEKLY TURTLE BULLETIN
No. 55, 18th November 2012
1. Hanoi, Vietnam: Illegal transport of turtles and water monitors discovered
SOURCE: An ninh Thủ đô online news; anninhthudo.vn - DATE: 15th November 2012
On the 14th of November, the environmental police and traffic police pulled over a truck on Phap Van highway (Hoang Mai district), Hanoi, and discovered 20 kg of turtles (unknown species) and 87 kg of water monitors (Varanus salvator). The man transporting the animals failed to show legal documents for the shipment and the animals were transferred to the authorities.
3. USA: Lonesome George's species may not be extinct after all
SOURCE: redOrbit – Your University online; redorbit.com - DATE: 18th November 2012
At the time of his death, it appeared that Lonesome George was the last member of his species, but new research suggests that his breed of giant tortoises might live on after all. According to Jennifer Viegas of Discovery News, experts at Yale University have reportedly discovered DNA evidence suggesting that members of the species Chelonoidis abingdoni could still exist. Researchers collected genetic material from more than 1,600 giant tortoises, and discovered 17 hybrids that were ancestors of Lonesome George — and some of them could have been sired by purebred C. abingdoni tortoises, Viegas added. Their findings have been published in the journal Biological Conservation.