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No. 63, 19th January 2013

Queensland state, Australia: Turtle hatchlings released into Burnett River

SOURCE: News Mail;
DATE: 17th January 2013

391 white-throated snapping turtles (Elseya albagula) and 129 Fitzroy River turtles (Rheodytes leukops) hatchlings have been released into the Fitzroy and Burnett Rivers (Queensland, Australia) up to eight months after wildlife officers rescued their eggs (35 clutches) from predators in the lower Burnett river (central Queensland). The eggs were then taken to a predator-proof incubation site in Bundaberg city, Queensland. Both these species are unique to the state so it is imperative to work together to protect them.

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2. Pahang state, Malaysia: River Turtle Dance of Pekan, an ancient ritual inspired by the surroundings

SOURCE: Borneo Post; - DATE: 13th January 2013

Locally known as labi-labi (softshell) river turtles — or more specifically Malayan river turtles (ATP NOTE, species is unclear, possibly the Malayan Softshell Turtle, Dogania subplana)— inhabit many Southeast Asian rivers. To most Malay communities, especially on the east coast of peninsular Malaysia, the river turtle symbolises their culture. With a traditional dance honouring the turtle named Tarian Labi-labi. During a Tarian Labi-labi four young men imitating the movement of the river turtle — crawling and shifting along slowly on stage. The dancers wear traditional Malay costumes with a replica shell on their backs. While the dances crawl around the stage and bend their bodies they move their arms like a swimming turtle. The participants are usually men but women can also perform the dance whose ritual is meant to be comical in nature. Like most traditional performing arts, there is a need to preserve them. In the case of the River Turtle Dance, there are on-going efforts by the federal and the Pahang state governments to popularise it. One way is to encourage more youngsters to learn the dance.

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3. Oklahoma state, USA: Tulsa Zoo hosting farewell for tortoise

DATE: 14th January 2013

The Tulsa Zoo (Oklahoma, USA) is hosting a farewell party for one of the zoo's largest resident – Rocket the 600lb (~270kg) Aldabra Tortoise – (Aldabrachelys gigantea). He is going to his new home at the Bronx Zoo (New York, USA). Rocket arrived at the Tulsa Zoo in 2009 from the Sedgwick County Zoo and will continue his journey on to the Bronx Zoo where he will be part of their new giant tortoise exhibit with hopes that he will breed to help conserve the species. The Tulsa Zoo has one of the most successful Aldabra Tortoise breeding programs in North America, producing 95 offspring. Rocket's farewell party will be held on the 16th of January.

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4. Quang Nam province, Vietnam: Seized over 610kg of wildlife

DATE: 19th January 2013

In the afternoon on the 18th of January, the Provincial Environmental Police of Quang Nam raided the private residence of 51 year old Pham Thi Thuan and discovered 614kg of wildlife in his house. In addition to the dead wildlife hidden in freezers which included turtles, iguanas and pangolins, police also found many live snakes , porcupines and civets which were been held captive to sell later. Environmental police recorded an administrative fine for Thuan and transferred the wildlife to competent authorities who will continue to handle the case.

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