Although specimens have been observed in the trade and being kept in local communities, such observations have become less frequent in recent years, which is most likely an indication of reduced numbers in the wild.? The Vietnamese pond turtle?s lowland habitat is also under tremendous pressure from agricultural expansion, aquaculture, and development.?
While hunters have clearly had little difficulty finding Vietnamese pond turtles in the wild, the field team?s finding clearly is the first known documented record for Mauremys annamensis, captured within its habitat, since 1941.?
The Asian Turtle Program wishes to thank the Human Society International and the German Ministry of Environment for their generous support.
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The Asian Turtle Program is a consortium of people and institutions dedicated to the protection of Asian turtles in the wild.?? Support for the Asian Turtle Program is provided by the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Conservation International, the Turtle Survival Alliance, and the Wildlife Conservation Society.? Project activities are supported by a range of institutions and private sponsors around the globe