On the 26th of July 2017, the Wildlife Rescue Centre of Pu Mat National Park has received 38 turtles of three different species, including 26 Indochinese box turtle (Cuora galbinifrons), 11 four-eyed turtle (Sacalia quadriocellata), and one Keeled box turtle (Cuora mouhotii). Reportedly, these turtles were purchased by a single local trader from various locations. The species are all locally occurring in Pu Mat National Park but animals many also have come from other locations such as neighbouring Laos. The turtles were confiscated by Do Luong Police in Do Luong district which is approx. 60km east of the Park.
ATP NOTE: the ATP has provided various training and support to the Pu Mat Rescue Centre to support their work on tortoises and freshwater turtles but with more confiscations in recent years there is a need to increase the work with Pu Mat Rescue Centre.
Date: 27th July 2017
Press release by: Hoang Van Ha – ATP/IMC