In Cambodia, Giant Turtles Come Back From the Brink

Once believed to be extinct in Cambodia, Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle is finally recovering- “Freshwater turtles like the Cantor’s Giant Softshell are confined to smaller waterways than sea turtles, which increases pressures from habitat loss and continued collection,” says Andrew Walde of the Turtle Survival Alliance, an advocacy group based in Charleston, South Carolina. Read More and Watch the amazing video from National Geographic HERE.

PHOTOGRAPH BY STEFAN LOVGREN Cambodian fishermen sold this Cantor’s soft-shell turtle to a restaurant, but the owner—recognizing it was a rare species—turned it over to the Mekong Turtle Conservation Center. Several months later, center released the turtle back into the wild.