Urgent call to save 68 Endangered Big-headed Turtles in Vietnam

Individually kept Big-headed Turtles. Photo by: Jonathan Sander – TCC.

Staff at the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) in Cuc Phuong National Park worked over night for 14 hours last night to deal with the most recent rescue. Following a confiscation of 69 turtles including 68 Big-headed Turtles (Platysternon megacephalum) and one Impressed Tortoise (Manouria impressa) from Ninh Binh province. All the animals had been wrapped in socks or net bags, some have serious injuries to their tails and limbs and they had been covered in unknown powder. The powder was possibly forced into the animal’s stomachs to increase their body weight to increase the sale price.

These aggressive animals all need to be kept individually in cool clean water. Our facility is overwhelmed right now and we simply do not have enough room or containers to keep all the new animals, many of which need intensive treatment. We urgently need to construct additional enclosures, purchase equipment and bring in additional staff.

Please send your kind support by:

  • 1. Make a PayPal donation using support@asianturtleprogram.org
  • 2. Or make a transfer to our bank account, please contact us for detail
  • 3. Or contact us if you are willing to help out at the Centre via our Volunteer program. For more information, please click on the link: http://asianturtleprogram.org/pages/how_to_help/TCC_volunteer.htm

In addition, the seizure also included one Asian golden cat, 20 bear paws, 4kg of pangolin scales, and 32 Sunda pangolins. These animals were sourced from Laos and being transported to Ninh Binh on a regular Ninh Binh – Luang Prabang coach.

Do Thanh Hao – Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC), Cuc Phuong National Park
20th October 2017

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