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No. 96, 6th September 2013

1. Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam: Customs at Cau Treo Border gate Economic Zone seized over 70 turtles

DATE: 4th September, 2013

In the afternoon of the 3rd of September 2013, after being notified by counterparts, customs officers at the Cau Treo International Border gate Economic Zone stopped a red motorbike en route from the border to Ha Tinh's province centre (on national highway 8A). When the driver noticed the officers he immediately turned around and fled the scene, leaving behind 71 box turtles (unknown species), weighing approximately 45kg. ATP NOTE: (The picture shows that the turtles include Keeled box turtle (Cuora mouhotii), Striped-necked leaf turtle (Cyclemys oldhamii) and Indochinese box turtle (Cuora galbinifrons). Customs of Cau Treo Border gate Economic Zone said in an official statement that they will continue to cooperate with other agencies to prevent potential crimes like this one. According to Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV), all turtles were released to Ke Go Nature reserve on the 5th of September 2013.

Link to this web article online (Vietnamese)


2. China: Floating hospital in China dedicated to caring for sea turtles

SOURCE: – DATE: 3rd September, 2013

A village in China's Hainan province has the world's only floating sea turtle hospital to care for the state-protected endangered species. The hospital was founded by Frederick C. Yeh, a 32-year-old Chinese-American who graduated from medical school at Johns Hopkins University in the United States in 2005. Planning on becoming a medical doctor, on a trip to his childhood home in Hainan in 2007 Yeh discovered sea turtles were being sold for meat and shells in local markets. Deciding to change his career path, in 2008 Yeh founded Sea Turtle 911, a non-profit organization rescuing sea turtles across coastal regions in Hainan. In the past four years, Yeh and a group of volunteers have saved more than 150 turtles, about 100 of which have been released back into the sea. At his floating hospital, 14 "patients" are currently being treated, including a Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) that lost one of its limbs, a green turtle (Chelonia mydas) with a sunken shell, and many other injured or sick olive ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea). Yeh and his volunteers are offering training courses across Hainan, calling for children and their families to join his protection efforts.

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