23 May '11, 6pm

Happy World Turtle Day!

CI is working with IUCN and other partners to raise awareness of the plight of tortoises and freshwater turtles around the world. Read more about some of the world's most endangered turtles below – and see photos of 10 species that scientists are working frantically to protect . Tortoises and freshwater turtles fulfill important roles in freshwater ecosystems and feature prominently in human culture – but environmental destruction and people's insatiable appetites put these creatures at risk. There are some 350 species of tortoises and freshwater turtles on Earth. They represent a lineage dating back to the dawn of the age of dinosaurs. And while they don't have the visibility of giant pandas or the ecological dominance of great white sharks, turtles often perform important roles in freshwater ecosystems like rivers, streams and lakes: Seed dispersal and vegetation managem...

Full article: http://www.conservation.org/learn/biodiversity/species/pr...

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