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Hatchling hat trick at
the Turtle Conservation Centre, Vietnam

As spring comes to an end the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) in Cuc Phuong National Park, Northern Vietnam, April has seen the last of its winter nesters hatching out. Every autumn and winter the centre has three species that nest, the endangered Elongated Tortoise (Indotestudo elongata) and Yellow-headed Turtle (Heosemys annandalii) and vulnerable Orange Headed Temple Turtle (Heosemys grandis). These are the only three species we have incubating over winter and hatching out in the spring. In the past we have undertaken releases of some of these hatchlings in Cat Tien National Park, in southern Vietnam.

The incubator is now starting to fill up with the spring and summer nesters and we expect to be running out of room very soon. If you would like to sponsor another incubator or an air conditioning unit we need to hatch out some of our critical species and keep some of the sensitive hatchlings cool throughout the hot summer months.

If you would like to support what we do please make donation at this link http://www.asianturtleprogram.org/pages/support_atp.html 

Press release by: Timothy McCormack – ATP/IMC
Date: 14th April 2017

Download this press release in English here

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Above: The Three winter nesting species, from left to right Yellow-headed Temple Turtle (Heosemys annandalii), Elongated Tortoise (Indotestudo elongata) and Orange-headed Temple Turtle (Heosemys grandis).
Photo by: Timothy McCormack - ATP/IMC

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Above: The incubator chiller constructed by the ATP which is essential for incubating the summer nesters in the Cuc Phuong tropical heat.
Photo by: Timothy McCormack - ATP/IMC

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Above: Nguyen Thu Thuy of the ATP is proud to be working at the TCC and is pictured here holding some of the hatchlings. Photo by: Timothy McCormack - ATP/IMC


We would like to thank Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, the Zoological Society London, the World Land Trust and Bristol Zoo for their support of the Asian Turtle Program and Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC)

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For further information, please contact:
Asian Turtle Program (ATP) - Indo-Myanmar Conservation
Office: Room#1806 CT1, C14 Bac Ha Building, To Huu road, Nam Tu Liem district, Hanoi, Vietnam
PO Box 46
Tel: +84 (0) 24 7302 8389
Email: [email protected]


Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) - Cuc Phuong National Park
Nho Quan Dist., Ninh Binh Prov., Vietnam
Tel: +84 (0) 30384 8090
Email: [email protected]


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PO Box 46
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