A Turtle’s Send-Off

A Turtle’s Send-Off Photo
A Southern River terrapin—one of the most endangered turtles on Earth—makes its way into Cambodia’s Sre Ambel River, in the midst of an admiring crowd. The female turtle has been fixed with a satellite transmitter that will allow conservationists to track her whereabouts.

The release marked the first-ever satellite monitoring study for this species. Scientists estimate that just 200 adult Southern River terrapins remain in the wilds of Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Conservationists from WCS, the Cambodian Fisheries Administration, and Wildlife Reserves Singapore will track the terrapin’s movements to see how she uses this region, and what types of threats she faces.

To learn more, read the press release.

© Eleanor Briggs

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