New video: Big-headed Turtles and the illegal trade

Illegal hunting and trade threatens to push the Big-headed Turtle (Platysternon megacephalum) to extinction. In Vietnam, law enforcement needs to be strengthened and public awareness of the plight of the species and its legal protections need to be increased.

The new informative video has been produced to help spread awareness of the law surrounding the endangered turtle species. The video script was developed by the ATP/IMC with artwork from several talented Vietnamese illustrators, Jeet Zdung, Nguyen Ngoc Hoan, and Dinh Kieu Duong.

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A new ATP T-shirt with beautiful Big-headed Turtle illustration

Big-headed Turtles are one of the world’s most threatened turtle species, due largely to increasing illegal hunting and trade. 

You can help generate awareness of the species’ plight and advance Big-headed Turtle conservation with the purchase of a T-shirt and/or a donation today. Your generosity supports efforts to help Big-headed turtle rehabilitation and care and to release them back into the wild.


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Community communication activities to promote the conservation of the Endangered Big-headed Turtle

From 17th November 2020 to the 25th December 2020, the Asian Turtle Program (ATP) of Indo-Myanmar Conservation (IMC) worked with Pu Mat National Park to implement a series of communication activities to raise awareness of the Big-headed Turtle for forest rangers and local communities in four communes of the National Park’s buffer zone.

Accordingly, five community meetings were organised with the participation of nearly 300 members of the local community with nine signboards printed and installed at the community centres of those villages. Especially, extracurricular activities integrated with unique turtle games to stimulate love of Big-headed Turtles and encourage students to participate in protecting this special turtle have been organised for nearly 700 children.

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Vietnamese turtle art hopes to inspire Big-headed Turtle conservation in new poster

We are proud to share our recently produced awareness poster for the endangered Big-headed Turtles (Platysternon megacephalum), a species that in the past few decades has suffered intensive hunting and illegal trade throughout its range in southern China, Vietnam, Lao PDR, Cambodia and Myanmar. 

The poster artwork was drawn by the up and coming Vietnamese artists, Jeet Zdung and Nguyen Ngoc Hoan, and is stylised on the ‘Dong Ho Paintings’, a traditional folk-art style from Vietnam that was traditionally made using woodcut stamps and painting. The posters have been distributed to wildlife protection officers around key sites for the Big-headed Turtle and will be given out during community meetings and activities.

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We are deeply grateful to the Fondation Segré Conservation Fund and the EDGE of Existence programme, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (CMZ), the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Paignton Zoo, Nordens Ark, the Centre for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (CRES), Pu Mat National Park, and Cuc Phuong National Park for their support to the Big-headed Turtle project and all of the numerous donors and individuals who have contributed to turtle conservation in Vietnam.

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