Turtles Get Some Good News in 2020

Scientists Release Genetic Results Confirming A Female Turtle Captured in October 2020 Is Definitively the Near Extinct Swinhoe’s Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei)

Also Known as the Swinhoe’s Softshell Turtle – Hoan Kiem Turtle

This Discovery Means At Least One Male and One Female Are Now Known to Exist

Viet Nam Government Leading this Effort to Prevent Extinction of the Swinhoe’s Softshell Turtle, Along with ATP/IMC, WCS and Other Partners .

Ha Noi, December 18, 2020, Ha Noi Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, in collaboration with the Asian Turtle Program (ATP) of Indo-Myanmar Conservation (IMC) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have made dramatic progress to possibly prevent the extinction of the Swinhoe’s Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei). At a workshop here today, scientists revealed that genetic testing has confirmed a female turtle captured on Oct. 22, 2020 in Dong Mo Lake is definitively a Swinhoe’s Softshell Turtle.

This confirmation means there is now one known male Swinhoe’s Softshell Turtle at Suzhou Zoo in China; and now the female captured in October 2020 in Dong Mo lake, Ha Noi, Viet Nam. Authorities believe there is at least one more of these turtles in Dong Mo Lake and yet another in nearby Xuan Khanh Lake. Conservationists hope to at least to capture and determine the sex of the turtle in both Dong Mo and Xuan Khanh Lakes this coming spring. Ultimately, conservationists aim to ensure at least one male and female are given a chance to breed to ensure this species can return from the brink of extinction.

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