Update on the Big-headed Turtle Rescues in Vietnam – November 2017

Every day staff have had to undertake treatment on some of the injured animals. Photo credit: ATP

We have had a steady flow of confiscated Big-headed Turtles (Platysternon megacephalum) since 2015. The most recent rescue of 68 animals only arrived during October 2017. The situation is now critical, our facilities have been overstretched with animal holding now full and staff are exhausted working continuously to treat and care for some very sick animals. We have developed a plan for release but these are on hold and dependent on results on genetics work with recent questions raised about the distribution of the species and subspecies throughout its range and the possible origins of these rescued animals.

Press release by: Timothy McCormack – ATP/IMC
Date: 8th November 2017

We would like to thank the World Land Trust, Bristol Zoo, Zoological Society of London, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Wildlife Conservation Society and Turtle Survival Alliance who have all held support the rescue and treatments so far.

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