by Jordan Gray  For Immediate Release July 30, 2018 CHINA AND VIETNAM TO COOPERATE ON SAVING THE WORLD’S RAREST TURTLE Charleston, South Carolina – The Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei), one of the rarest animals on Earth, may have been given a reprieve from extinction this week with the announcement that Vietnam and China may work…

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by Jordan Gray  A photograph taken of the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle in Xuan Khanh Lake in May 2017. This photo however did not constitute clear evidence until a DNA sample could verify the species. Photo by: Nguyen Van Trong – ATP/IMC The Asian Turtle Program of Indo-Myanmar Conservation, Washington State University, and Turtle Survival Alliance…

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by Jordan Gray  Photo by Cris Hagen Impressed Tortoise (Manouria impressa) Countries of Origin:  Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam IUCN Status:   Vulnerable Estimated surviving population:  Unknown/Declining Habitat:  Humid, tropical, evergreen, broadleaf and bamboo hill and montane forests up to 1300 m (4,265 ft) elevation. Habits:  These tortoises have specialized dietary needs, feeding primarily on fungi in the…

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By Rick Hudson The Turtle Survival Alliance has confirmed that one of the world’s four known remaining Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtles (Rafetus swinhoei), has died in Vietnam. This turtle – believed to be a male – was highly revered in Vietnam and was a long-time occupant of Hoan Kiem Lake in the heart of downtown…

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by Rick Hudson  The Turtle Survival Alliance has confirmed that one of the world’s four known remaining Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtles (Rafetus swinhoei), has died in Vietnam. This turtle – believed to be a male – was highly revered in Vietnam and was a long-time occupant of Hoan Kiem Lake in the heart of downtown Hanoi.…

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by Rick Hudson  Day 4 finally rolled around and it was time to sit back and listen to presentations on some of what are considered model programs for turtle conservation in the region.  First up is the Cuc Phuong Turtle Conservation Center in Vietnam, perhaps the best known and respected of all the regional centers due…

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by Rick Hudson on February 28, 2011 With all the country and trade reports as background information, and with the Red-listing behind us, the stage was finally set for the critical Day 3 of the workshop:  designing specific priority conservation actions for the most threatened species.  And though I am not at liberty to formally report the findings…

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by Rick Hudson  On Tuesday morning – day two of the workshop – the seventy workshop participants reviewed the “Red List,” an internationally recognized database of the world’s most vulnerable species. Participants from countries throughout Asia provided the most up-to-date information on the status of each species. A few were determined to be secure enough now…

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by Rick Hudson  We were happy to see some old friends and meet some new ones at the Conservation of Asian Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles workshop at the Singapore Zoo. Over 70 delegates from 20 countries, including 16 Asian nations were in attendance. Hosted by the Wildlife Reserves Singapore and the Wildlife Conservation Society, in collaboration…

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