Koh Kong, Cambodia – Thirty Royal Turtle babies hatched in an artificial sand bank at the
Koh Kong Reptile Conservation Center (KKRCC) last week. This is the second time that Royal Turtles have
laid eggs in captivity in Cambodia.
“The hatching of these turtles underscores the importance of building breeding colonies of at-risk
species in their country of origin,” said Andrew Walde, Chief Operating Officer of Turtle Survival Alliance.
“With so few adult Southern River Terrapins successfully nesting in the wild in Cambodia, producing
successive generations of this Critically Endangered species in captivity is the best chance we have at not
only ensuring their survival in the country, but repopulating terrapins to their native habitat.”