Special school performace held "Together to conserve Swinhoe’s Softshell Turtle" in Son Dong, Son Tay, Vietnam.

On the 8th of March 2018, the Asian Turtle Program (ATP) of the Indo-Myanmar Conservation (IMC), in collaboration with the People's Committee of Son Tay Town and Son Dong Secondary School to organize an Extracurricular program named "Together to conserve Swinhoe’s Softshell Turtle”. The day of fun activities was prepared in order to raise the awareness of local people, especially local students, about the last individual of Swinhoe’s softshell turtle (Rafetus Swinhoei) confirmed in Vietnam. 

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15% of the world’s top 25 most endangered tortoise and freshwater turtles are found in Vietnam.

Vietnam now has four species, accounting for 14.8% of top 25 the world’s most endangered Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle (TFT) species.  This ranks Vietnam second in the list of countries with the largest number of TFT species in the world, with China ahead with six species (22.2%). A further five Vietnamese species are listed within the top 50 most endangered for a total of nine species (18%), these status are according to the newest version of the report, “Turtles In Trouble: The World’s 25+ Most Endangered Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles — 2018” published by Turtle Conservation Coalition.

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Confiscation and release of endangered big-headed turtles in central Vietnam

On the first day of February 2018, rangers from Song Thanh Nature Reserve, Quang Nam province in central Vietnam made a confiscation of 15 endangered Big-headed turtles (Platysternon megacephalum). It was reported that these turtles had been illegally hunted using baited fishing hooks inside the protected area of Song Thanh Nature Reserve. 

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An unusual wildlife rescue - A Malaysian Giant Turtle has been rescued in Vietnam

On the 25th of January 2018, an unusual rescue has taken place in Ba Vi District, Hanoi, Vietnam. A very large, 23kg, Malaysian Giant Turtle (Orlitia borneensis) was rescued by Ba Vi Forest Protection Department (FPD) and transported to the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) in Cuc Phuong National Park.

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Release of Keeled Box Turtles in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam

It was a good feeling to see rescued animals make it back into their natural environment. On the 26th of November 2017 we undertook a small release of endangered keeled box turtles (Cuora mouhotii) in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam. The six animals chosen for release were selected as part of a plan to reduce the overall population of the species at the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) in the park. 

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New species of frog from the genus Leptolalax described by IMC staff in Vietnam

A new species of frog from the Leptolalax genus, Rowley's Leaf-litter Frog (Leptolalax rowleyae) has recently been described from Son Tra Peninsula, Son Tra Nature Reserve, Da Nang City, Vietnam. This new species was described as a result of a research project led by Nguyen Thanh Luan, a scientific officer of Asian Turtle Program of Indo-Myanmar Conservation, in cooperation with other international researchers.

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Thank you !!!

For making it to the end of this newsletter and for supporting us on every single project, rescue or release. We would also like to thank all of our government and non-government partners that we work with on different projects.

Your support helps make all this work possible. If you would like to see more conservation projects, rescues or releases please make a donation.


Organizational donors

- American Association of Zoo Keepers
- Bristol Zoo, UK
- British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA)
- British Chelonian Group (BCG)
- Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (CMZ)
- Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)
- HG Wills Foundation
- International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
- IUCN Netherlands - Purchase of Nature
- Paradise Park Zoo, UK
- Rainforest Trust
- Turtle Conservation Fund (TCF)
- World Land Trust, UK
- Zoological Society of London (ZSL)

Individual donors

- Benjamine Tapley
- Diana Bell
- Duong Dang
- Jake Brunner
- James Harding
- Louise Fletcher
- Nam Anh
- Scott Trageser
- Ta Thuong
- The Days

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