Impressed Tortoises returned to the wild in central Vietnam

On the 5th of June 2021, a group of three Impressed Tortoises (Manouria impressa), listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, were released back into the wild in Bach Ma National Park, Thua Thien Hue province in central Vietnam. The animals had been transferred from the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) in Cuc Phuong National Park in northern Vietnam where they had been cared for by staff of the TCC and the Asian Turtle Program (ATP) of Indo-Myanmar Conservation (IMC).

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Facts that you may not know about Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles in Vietnam!

As part of a turtle art contest “Let’s Save Turtles”, the ATP/IMC co-hosted with People and Nature Consolidation (PanNature) and Humane Society International Viet Nam, created some infographics highlighting interesting facts about tortoise and freshwater turtle (TFT) species of Vietnam.

These graphics were developed with the hope of nurturing your understanding about TFT and as well as providing inspiration for your creativity. It should be noted that 24 out of 26 native TFT species are threatened and in need in your support for their long-term survival. 

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Should I keep turtles as pets in Vietnam?

Keeping wild animals as pets is not uncommon in Vietnam with some of the most sought after pets being tortoises and freshwater turtles. In this article, we will try to address the potential risks of keeping tortoises and freshwater turtles as pets and answer the question: Is it good or bad to keep turtles as pets in Vietnam?

We will explain in more detail some of the likely problems of keeping turtles, such as (1) turtles can be a source of infection; (2) it is not easy to keep turtles in captivity; (3) it is often illegal to keep turtles as pets and (4) to meet the demand for pet trade, more wild turtles are being hunted and traded.

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The Railway Patrol staff and police were delighted to uncover this illegal turtle trade activity. Photo credit: csgt.vn

Railway staff detained for illegally transporting 17 Critically Endangered Box Turtles in Vietnam

At 20:00hrs on the 2nd of June 2021, Railway Patrol Staff at Hanoi Railway Station, Vietnam, became suspicious of a man carrying a cardboard box covered in a sack. Upon investigation alongside local police, they discovered that the box contained 17 critically endangered Box Turtles. Early reports suggested these were Bourret’s Box Turtles (Cuora bourreti), however, following the confiscation these were fully identified as Southern Vietnamese Box Turtle (Cuora picturata).
For more information on the case, please visit: www.csgt.vn

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Significant 5-year survey on amphibian diseases in Hoang Lien range

One of the largest-scale epidemiological studies ever conducted on the pandemic Chytridiomycosis on Vietnam’s amphibians has found a low prevalence of the disease-causing fungi, a significant, good news story for Vietnam and the global fight for amphibian conservation.

Since 2015, a group of international and domestic researchers have conducted various field trips to the far and hard reaching mountain-top areas. Up until now, 601 samples belonging to over 40 species, accounting for half of amphibian species known in Hoang Lien Range, have been collected. The results were quite reassuring with only 6 samples, accounting for 1% of samples, being positive for Bd and none positive for Bsal. 

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A new discovered species of fanged frog highlights the importance of lowland forest in southern Vietnam

The Phu Yen Fanged Frog, Limnonectes phuyenensis, named from its home in Ca Forest, Phu Yen Province, Vietnam, has been discovered by a field research team which included staff of the Asian Turtle Program of Indo Myanmar Conservation. This species inhabits lowland evergreen forests and reproduces in headwater streams at the elevation over 300 m asl.

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Organizational donors

- American Association of Zoo Keepers
- Banyan Tree Global Foundation
- Bristol Zoo, the UK
- British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums 
- British Chelonian Group 
- 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
- Turtle Conservation Fund, the USA
- Turtle Survival Alliance, the USA
- Wildlife Conservation Society 
- World Land Trust, the UK
- Zoological Society of London 

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