Developments at Dong Mo

A stilt house has been constructed on an island in the lake to help with turtle observations. Photo credit: Jack Carney (ATP/IMC)

As ATP increases its presence at Dong Mo Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam, we have been developing new projects to help us monitor Swinhoe’s Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei).

Dong Mo is the most important site for the conservation of this critically endangered species, which holds one individual (a second individual occurs nearby at another lake and third is captive in a Chinese Zoo).

Following the construction of a floating raft in June, we have now begun a bait testing trial to work out its favourite foods!

We have also built a stilt house on an island in the lake to allow us to observe the turtle more closely!

Our Rafetus team is working around the clock to ensure the survival of this individual and it’s species. Please help by donating to us; visit for more details.

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