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Vietnam Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles Identification Book Reissued | Environment

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A turtle species endemic to central Vietnam bred in semi-wild conditions at the Cuc Phuong Turtle Conservation Center. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV), in collaboration with the Asian Turtle Program, has reissued the Vietnam turtle and freshwater turtle identification book.

The 2022 release includes information on two new species, updates to species range maps and conservation status, and recently enacted wildlife protection laws.

This book is a vital resource for authorities, national parks and wildlife rescue centers, enabling them to identify and distinguish the 26 species of native turtles and freshwater turtles of Vietnam. This helps in managing turtle breaches and appropriately placing reptiles in wildlife rescue centers or releasing them into the wild.

Of Vietnam’s 26 endemic turtle species, 23 are listed as critically endangered and eight banned from trade, according to the ENV.

Vietnam Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Identification Book reissued hinh anh 2The Vietnam Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Identification Book is reissued by the Education for nature – Vietnam (ENV), in collaboration with the Asian Turtle Program.

The book was sent to directors of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), Department of Forest Protection (FPD), Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Legal Services, Police environment, national parks, key universities with relevant departments, and wildlife rescue centers in all 63 provinces and cities.

In Vietnam, turtles are traded illegally and kept as sacred pets. They are also considered nutritious food and material for several products./.

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