I think we can all agree that we love trees! You know who else loves trees? Asian Giant Tortoises! The stars of today’s Species Spotlight! They need large tracts of old-growth forests to live the good life in wild populations!
Common name: Asian Giant Tortoise
Scientific name:Manouria emys phayrei
Countries of origin: Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Thailand
Habitat: Mountainous evergreen forests
Threats: Habitat destruction, and collection for local consumption and foreign pet and meat trades
Wild Population: Decreasing
Conservation: Captive breeding and assurance colonies; reintroduction efforts; field surveys; protected in India, Myanmar, and Thailand; CITES Appendix II