ct feasibility assessment, in preparation for a site-based project planned by the Asian Turtle Program that would include active conservation measures aimed at protecting turtles at the site, and establishment of a monitored release and head-start initiative at an appropriate site in the area utilizing turtles born at the Cuc Phuong Turtle Conservation Center.?? During the assessment, several traps were tested in the local lake complex, and after three days of trapping, a single specimen was recovered from one of the traps.?

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.

For further information please contact:
Asian Turtle Program
Hanoi, Vietnam
Tele.? 84 (0)4-775-3935??????????? Email:?

Visit the Asian Turtle Conservation Network website:??? asianturtlenetwork.org

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