12 Apr '12, 2pm

Finally some good news! - 25 most endangered turtles to get helping hand from conservation group

Finally some good news! - 25 most endangered turtles to get helping hand from conservation group

Good news if you belong to one of the world's most endangered turtle species: The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is doubling down on its efforts to save threatened tortoises and freshwater turtles from extinction. More than half of the approximately 330 species that belong to these groups are threatened by habitat loss and illegal trade. The world's turtle trade is largely driven by demand from China, where turtles are bought for eating, traditional medicine and as pets. In 2011, the WCS and other groups identified the 25 most endangered turtle and tortoise species in the world, and the new effort focuses on several of these. The WCS plans to breed and reintroduce some species into the wild , while for others, the group will develop so-called assurance colonies, which are captive groups that are used to maintain genetic diversity within the species. Other groups will ...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/25-most-...

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