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The Asian Turtle Program (ATP)

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The Asian Turtle Program was established in 1998 and incorporated into the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo/Cleveland Zoological Society's Asia regional program in 2003. Since the ATP originated with the development of the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) at Cuc Phuong National Park together with our local partner NGO, Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV), we have been working on the conservation of tortoises and freshwater turtles (TFT) in southeast Asia with a focus on Vietnam.

The aim of ATP is to establish a safe and sustainable future for Asian turtles, and to ensure that no further turtle species become extinct in the region. We implement strategic interventions that directly contribute to the conservation of Asian turtles, helping to ensure efficient use of limited resources, as well as developing capacity, strengthening leadership, and ultimately effecting positive attitudinal and behavioural change within society.


Above: Mauremys annamensis in
Da Nang, Central Vietnam

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10th February 2014

Wildlife at Risk (WAR) - Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station released 50 turtles back to the wild in 2013

Over the past year, Wildlife At Risk (WAR) staff at the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station have been working closely together with officers of the Forest Protection Department in Ho Chi Minh City to rescue and release approximately 50 individuals of different turtle species including Elongated Tortoises (Indotestudo elongata),Malayan Box Turtles (Cuora amboinensis) and Yellow-headed temple turtles (Heosemys annandalii) in the Bu Gia Map National Park – Binh Phuoc Province and Lo Go Xa Mat National Park – Tay Ninh Provice.





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6th September 2013

VTV1 Television news covers Mauremys return event (Vietnamese)

Vietnamese TV station covers historic event of 71 Vietnamese pond turtles (Mauremys annamensis) returning from Europe to Vietnam.



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29th August 2013

Cuora picturata twins hatch in the Netherlands

Ever wondered what twin turtles look like? Check out the photos from Richard Struijk, the European studbook keeper for Cuora species, who was surprised to find two Lesser Indochinese box turtles (Cuora picturata) hatching from the same egg. The turtles were still connected by the umbilical cord and seem very healthy.

Thank you Richard for sharing pictures of your Cuora twins with us!





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20th August 2013

Manouria impressa rescued by young student in Thua Thien Hue province

On 9th of August 2013, a female Impressed tortoise (Manouria impressa) was successfully released to Bach Ma National Park by the Forest Protection Department (FPD) of Nam Dong district, Thua Thien Hue province.



The turtle was going to be killed for food by a local man who bought it for 150,000VND (~ $7) in Huong Huu commune, Nam Dong district. Fortunately, it was saved by a young student named Phan Van Tien Loc who lives in the same commune as the man and who participated in the annual Asian Turtle Program Tortoise (ATP) Freshwater Turtle Field Skill Training Course for students in 2013. ATP in collaboration with Nam Dong FPD and Laguna company then released the lucky animal successfully back to the wild.






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5th July 2013

Endangered turtle handed in following student training course

On the 30th of June 2013 a Chinese stripe-necked turtle (Mauremys sinensis) was handed into the Asian Turtle Program (ATP) after a former ATP Torotise and Freshwater Turtle Field Skill Training Course student convinced a local man in Da Nang of the turtle's endangered status. The turtle will be transferred to the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC).






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Activities in Vietnam have focused on priority species including critically endangered and endemic species of greatest conservation concern. Project focus on the endemic Vietnamese Pond Turtle (Mauremys annamensis) and Indochinese Box Turtles (Cuora bourreti) and (Cuora picturata) in central Vietnam. And the legendary Hoan Kiem Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) also known as Swinhoe's Softshell Turtle in northern Vietnam, largely recognised as the most endangered turtle species in the world.

Training and awareness undertaken by the ATP include enforcement training for forest rangers, raising public awareness about the importance of protecting Vietnam's turtles, conducting conservation-focused research, and building the next generation of young scientists and professionals with expertise in Vietnam's turtles through a student training program.




The Asian Turtle Program would like to thank all of our partner and donor organisations. If you would like to contribute to the ATP please visit our support page or contact us at [email protected]

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Above: Wild Cuora mouhotii in Cuc Phuong National Park

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Above: Indotestudo elongata seen in the trade in Central Vietnam

 

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If you observe turtles, other wildlife or products made from wildlife in restaurants, markets, hotels, or elsewhere in Vietnam please contact ATP or Education for Nature (ENV) immediately

Call ENV's toll-free hotline number
1800 1522

Report the crime electronically by e-mailing [email protected]

or complete the ENV online report form

Alternatively, you can also contact ATP and we will forward your report to ENV and local authorities

   

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NEW!!! 31st March 2014 - Tenth Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Field Skill training course at Cuc Phuong National Park

30kg Asiatic softshell turtle (Amyda cartilaginea) caught in Hanoi

6th March 2014 - Fourth football cup raises awareness to worlds rarest turtle

11th February 2014 - Conservation library in Central Vietnam raises awareness to conservation of high school students in priority areas

16th January 2014 - CEPF Report on findings of ATP survey and awareness activities for critically endangered Tortoises and Freshwater turtle species in Central Vietnam

14th January 2014 - Fishermen using technology to assist conservation monitoring in rural Vietnam

11th October 2013 - Conservation of Hoan Kiem turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) in Dong Mo Lake: Close Call as Dam is Opened

4th October 2013 - Awareness signboard for local communities living near the endemic Vietnamese Pond Turtle

24th September 2013 - Mid-Autumn festival at Dong Mo Lake raises awareness to worlds rarest turtle

19th August 2013 - Coming home: Opportunities for conservation of the endemic Vietnamese pond turtle

18th June 2013 - Social media leads to transfer of endangered turtles to the Turtle Conservation Centre in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam

16th May 2013 - Web monitoring and collaboration with Kanh Hoa officials lead to the rescue of critically endangered Vietnamese pond turtles

14th May 2013 - Hanoi resident hand over an endangered Keeled box turtle (Cuora mouhotii) to give it another chance of a life in the wild

10th April 2013 - Yellow-headed temple turtles hatch at the Turtle Conservation Centre in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam

6th April 2013 - Detection dog finds wild Keeled box turtle during student training in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam

20th March 2013 - Interview survey produce nearly 50 records for turtles in Central Vietnam

19th March 2013 - School and Community Programs raise the profile of endangered turtles in central Vietnam

5th March 2013 - New radio-telemetry study for endangered turtles in central Vietnam following trapping success

24th October 2012 - Confiscated turtles from Ha Tinh province transferred to the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC)

10th October 2012 - Ranger Training in central Vietnam focus's on endemic tortoise and freshwater turtle conservation

9th October 2012 - Third annual “Turtle Football Cup” held at Dong Mo Lake, Vietnam

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