Help us keep the Turtle Conservation Centre going throughout the current crisis
On the 8th and the 9th of November 2019, 47 Right now, the world is going through an unprecedented crisis; people around the world are in lockdown while we hope and pray that the coronavirus pandemic passes swiftly and with as little cost to human life as possible. In Vietnam, and at the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) of Cuc Phuong National Park (CPNP), we are also struggling to cope with governmental restrictions….
In Search of the Legend – The Story of the World’s Rarest Turtle
In Search of the Legend is the story of the world’s rarest turtle a short, informal review of the Swinhoe’s Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei), a species on the brink of extinction for which only three living animals are currently known.
The story was written shortly after Dr Peter Pritchard and Sibille Pritchard visited Vietnam in 2015. Peter had long been interested in the species and had been involved in a number of surveys with us in the early 2000s. It was a fantastic opportunity and privilege for us to spend time with such an amazing man and turtle expert who sadly passed away on the 25th of February 2020….
Dr Bonnie Raphael supports the TCC once again
Between 6th and 16th December 2019, the TCC was again delighted to welcome Dr Bonnie Raphael of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Bonnie travelled to Vietnam to bring her extensive knowledge and expertise of wildlife medicine to the staff of the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) of Cuc Phuong National Park.
47 critically endangered Bourret’s Box Turtles have returned home
On the 8th and the 9th of November 2019, 47 Bourret’s Box Turtles (Cuora bourreti) were taken back to the wild in our third release of 2019. A protected area within the species’ native range in central region of Vietnam was selected for these lucky turtles. They were likely poached from forest areas in Lao PDR and central region of Vietnam and had spent several months in the illegal trade network before they were confiscated in Quang Nam province in May 2018…
Developments at Dong Mo
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).
Following the construction of a floating raft in June, we have now begun a bait testing trial to work out its favourite foods!
Training to strengthen wildlife protection capacity for Quang Binh province
On the 1st and 2nd October 2019, we collaborated with Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park (PNKBP) Management Board in Quang Binh province, north-central Vietnam, to hold a two-day training course for 67 law enforcement officers of PNKBP and the wider Quang Binh province…
Nguyen LT, Lam NQ, Carney J, Hoang HV, McCormack TEM, Nguyen TT, Nguyen SN (2020) First record of Western Black-Bridged Leaf Turtle, Cyclemys atripons Iverson & McCord, 1997 (Testudines, Geoemydidae), in Vietnam. Check List 16 (3): 571–577. https://doi.org/10.15560/16.3.571
Le, M., Nguyen, L., Vo, B., Murphy, R., Nguyen, V., & Nguyen, S. (2020). A review of the genus Sphenomorphus Fitzinger, 1843 (Squamata: Scincidae) in southern Vietnam, with additional data on S. sheai and S. tridigitus. Science and Technology Development Journal, 23(1), 470-478.
Cutajar, T., Rowley, J.J., Nguyen, L.T., Nguyen, C.T., Portway, C., Luke, H., Van Luong, H. & Tapley, B.J.H.N. (2020) The advertisement call of Megophrys jingdongensis (Fei and Ye, 1983) and a new record from Lai Chau Province, Northeast Vietnam. 13, 139-143. https://www.biotaxa.org/hn/article/download/54939/59711
Nguyen, L.T., Kane, D., Van Le, M., Nguyen, T.T., Van Hoang, H., Mccormack, T.E., Tapley, B. & Nguyen, S.N.J.C.L. (2020) The southernmost distribution of the Rhinoceros Snake, Gonyosoma boulengeri (Mocquard, 1897) (Reptile, Squamata, Colubridae), in Vietnam. Check List. 16, 337.https://checklist.pensoft.net/article/49814/download/pdf/394666