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13th tortoise and freshwater turtle field skill training course in Vietnam

From the 11th to 18th March 2017, 11 students from seven Vietnamese universities (including one Laotian student studying in Vietnam) gathered at Cuc Phuong National Park, Ninh Binh province, northern Vietnam to take part in the 13th Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle (TFT) Field Skill Training Course. The 8-day long training has been hosted by the Asian Turtle Program (ATP) in collaboration with Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) of Cuc Phuong National Park since 2005.

As often seen in previous training courses, students enjoyed the most up to date knowledge and field skills on TFT research and conservation which is presented through a combination of theoretical and practical sections. Presentation covers various aspects of TFT knowledge and field skills such as Asian turtle crisis, turtle evolution and ecology, turtle identification, nesting and production, data collection, turtle field survey and interview survey techniques. During the interview survey practical this year four Keeled Box Turtles (Cuora mouhotii) were seen in the local village, highlighting that TFT in Cuc Phuong National Park are still under threat in the wild. In addition, for the first time, this year's student had the opportunity to learn more about marine turtle conservation activities in Vietnam with a guest presentation made by Ms. Bui Thi Thu Hien from IUCN Vietnam, who has coordinated a range of marine turtle conservation projects across the country.

We hope to see more young biologist and conservationist taking action to protect Vietnamese unique and threatened tortoise and freshwater turtle species.

Date: 22nd March 2017
Press release by: Hoang Van Ha – ATP

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Above: Group photo of all participants and instructors of the training course. Photo by: Hoang Van Ha – ATP/IMC.


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Above: Students practicing semi structured interview skills with an ex-professional turtle hunter in a village bordering Cuc Phuong National Park buffer zone. Photo by: Hoang Van Ha – ATP/IMC.

Gallery for Student training 2017

Nguyen Tai Thang and his team during measuring, mapping and GPS practicum section. Photo by: Hoang Van Ha – ATP/IMC. A tour at Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) where student learnt about TFT conservation work. Photo by: Hoang Van Ha – ATP/IMC Hoang Van Ha of the Asian Turtle Program (ATP) explained to students how the plastral hinge works on some hard-shell turtle species. Photo by: Nguyen Tai Thang – ATP/IMC Nguyen Thi My Linh from the Vietnam Forestry University answering questions during the map reading section. Photo by: Nguyen Tai Thang – ATP/IMC. Pham My Ngoc, Nha Trang University, learning how to handling a turtle at TCC. Photo by: Hoang Van Ha – ATP/IMC Tim McCormack, Asian Turtle Program, led the measuring, mapping and GPS practicum section. Photo by: Hoang Van Ha – ATP/IMC. A fun run GPS practicum treasure hunt. Photo by Nguyen Tai Thang -   ATP/IMC. Lam Quang Ngon from Can Tho University practicing radio tracking techniques during the introduction to habitat and ecology research methods. Photo by: Hoang Van Ha – ATP/IMC. Completing a field record for a Keeled Box Turtle (Cuora mouhotii) being kept at a local household during the village interview practicum. Photo by: Hoang Van Ha – ATP/IMC. 
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Thank you:

We would like to thank Cleveland Metroparks Zoo for supporting this activity. As well as Cuc Phuong National Park, Ninh Binh Province for their continued collaboration on this long term joint training activity.









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