of the endangered Royal Turtle signals hope for increasing number of the rare
Noticeable rise of the number of the Royal Turtle was recently witnessed by Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries H.E. Veng Sakhon who appreciated the endeavour and encouraged the work and escalation of the technique, including through exposure and study visits.
As of now, the conservation centre run since 2001 through the cooperation between the Fisheries Administration and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is home to 205 royal turtle breeders and 456 hatchlings.
Located in Toul Korki village and commune, Mondul Seima district of Koh Kong province, the conservation centre has sent 27 of the hatchlings to its branch in Siem Reap, and freed 225 others into natural lakes and creeks – 86 of them attached with tracking system to follow up their being.
According to Mr. Ith Hul, an expert at the conservation centre, globally the Royal Turtle only exists in Cambodia, India, Malaysia, and Bangladesh due to the special weather condition favourable for the animals.
Seeing the success of the Royal Turtle conservation, H.E. Veng Sakhon spoke highly of the work and encouraged the centre and its braches to allow study and exposure visits among students and technical officials to further expand the animal’s population.
Designated as Cambodia’s National Reptile, the Royal Turtle, scientifically known as Southern River Terrapin (Batagur affinis), is one of the world’s 25 most threatened freshwater turtles and tortoises, listed on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List as Critically Endangered.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press