TCC receives 15 turtles from Pu Mat National Park

24th April 2019, Jack Carney (ATP/IMC):

On the 23rd of April 2019, staff from the Asian Turtle Program (ATP) of Indo Myanmar Conservation (IMC) and the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) of Cuc Phuong National Park, Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam, travelled to Pu Mat Rescue Centre in Pu Mat National Park to collaborate with Save Vietnam’s Wildlife (SVW) on the rescue of 15 turtles of two species. 

The turtles, which comprised 14 Big-Headed Turtles (Platysternon megacephalum) and one Yellow-Headed Temple Turtle (Heosemys annandalii), were initially rescued by SVW and taken to Pu Mat. However, the TCC is a specialist centre for the care of turtles and it was decided to transfer them to support the care of the turtles in the hope of a future release. 

We want to thank Save Vietnam’s Wildlife for coordinating with ATP/IMC and the TCC with this rescue; we hope to continue collaborating in the future and saving more turtles! 

Thank you to the donors, partners and supporters of the Turtle Conservation Centre: World Land Trust, Zoological Society of London (ZSL), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (CMZ), American Association of Zoo Keepers, Bristol Zoo, British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Thanh Truong Loc Construction Ltd. Company, Chevrolet Vietnam, Drayton Manor Park and Zoo, the HDH Wills Wildlife Maintenance Trust and all of our small and private donors. 

ATP/TCC staff prepare to transfer 15 turtles of two species from Pu Mat Rescue Centre to the Turtle Conservation Centre. Photo credit: Edgar Stich (ATP/IMC).
These endangered Big-Headed Turtles (Platysternon megacephalum) will join a number of the same species already at the TCC. Photo credit: Edgar Stich (ATP/IMC).


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