New biodiversity survey highlights the species diversity of Ca Forest, central Vietnam

Ca Forest is located on the northeastern part of Langbian Plateau within three provinces in central Vietnam; namely Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, and Dak Lak province. This is the only known location of the endemic and critically endangered Southern Vietnamese Box Turtle (Cuora picturata). This area also harbours a variety of rare flora and fauna species, with new species being discovered and described every year.

Since 2012, the Asian Turtle Program of Indo-Myanmar Conservation has been working with tortoise and freshwater turtle (TFT) species in this area. Ten field surveys have been conducted to discover and highlight the importance of Ca Forest's diversity. In March 2021, a two-week biodiversity survey was carried out by the team from Asian Turtle Program in Tay Hoa and Song Hinh, Phu Yen Province, not only focusing on TFT species but also covering other amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds. 

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"Conservation of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles in Vietnam" – A seminar to inspire university students

On the 28th of April 2021, the Asian Turtle Program (ATP) of Indo-Myanmar Conservation (IMC), in collaboration with the Department of Biology – Biotechnology of the University of Science at Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City (VNUHCM), co-organized a full day seminar on “Conservation of tortoises and freshwater turtles in Vietnam”. The event was a big success thanks to the enthusiastic participation of more than 400 students from the University of Science along with students at other universities in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Threat assessment for the critically endangered Bourret’s box turtle in Bach Ma National Park, central Vietnam

Hunting and overcollection is a major threat to the survival of many of Asia’s tortoises and freshwater turtles but is closely tied to local communities living around wild turtle habitats. Solutions for the conservation of these endangered species must consider potential impacts on these communities. As such, from 23rd to 27th of March 2021, a team of the Asian Turtle Program (ATP) of Indo-Myanmar Conservation (IMC) and Bach Ma National Park conducted an interview survey using questionnaires. The interview survey was designed to access the historical and current levels of illegal hunting and trade of the critically endangered Bourret’s Box Turtle (Cuora bourreti), as well as local communities’ knowledge and attitude toward the conservation of the species in Bach Ma National Park buffer zone. 

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Keeled box turtles back in the wild

As the year draws to a close, many will be delighted to see the back of 2020 and look forward to New Year but in November, a team of turtle champions successfully released 13 Keeled Box Turtles (Cuora mouhotii mouhotii) into the primary forest of a national park in northern Vietnam.

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The tadpole of a mountain-top endemic and critically endangered frog revealed on the roof of Indochina, plus an enhanced distribution

In October 2020, our research team was pleased to announce a new publication on the description of tadpoles of the Botsford’s leaf-litter frog (Leptobrachella botsfordi) in Vietnam.

The Botsford’s leaf-litter frog (Leptobrachella botsfordi), first described in 2013, was found in a small stream at around 2800m above sea level on Fansipan – Vietnam’s tallest mountain. It is one of two Critically Endangered frogs of Vietnam and listed in the top 100 Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) amphibians. 

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- American Association of Zoo Keepers
- Banyan Tree Global Foundation
- Bristol Zoo, the UK
- British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums 
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- British Herpetological Society
- Browse Poster, the UK
- Canon Vietnam
- Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, the USA
- Conservation International
- Columbus Zoo, the USA
- Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund 
- Danko Group, Vietnam
- Drayton Manor Park and Zoo, the UK
- Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund
- Global Wildlife Conservation
- General Motors Vietnam
- Houston Zoo, the USA
- International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
- IUCN Netherlands - Purchase of Nature
- Munster Zoo, Germany
- Nordens Ark, Sweden

- Ocean Park Conservation Foundation, Hong Kong
- Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, the UK
- Paradise Park Zoo, the UK
- Rainforest Trust
- Rotterdam Zoo, the Netherlands
- Rufford Small Grants for Conservation
- Saint Louis Zoo, the USA
- Segré Foundation
- SSC EDGE Internal Grant
- Taronga Zoo, Australia
- Thanh Truong Loc Construction Ltd. Company, Vietnam
- The HDH Wills Wildlife Maintenance Trust
- The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund
- The United States Fish and Wildlife Service
- Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens
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- Turtle Survival Alliance, the USA
- Wildlife Conservation Society 
- World Land Trust, the UK
- Zoological Society of London 

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