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Burmese peacock softshell turtle. Credit: Jeremy Holden/FFI

Rare peacock turtle rescued and released in Myanmar

Posted on: 13.03.12 (Last edited) 15 March 2012

A Fauna & Flora International field team recently came across a rare beauty whilst working in Myanmar.

A team from Fauna & Flora International (FFI) working at Indawgi Lake in northern Myanmar recently stepped in to rescue and release a rare Burmese peacock softshell turtle Nilssonia  formosa.

This beautifully patterned fresh water turtle is endemic to Myanmar with wild populations being seriously threatened by both over-collection for the turtle meat trade, and gold mining activities disturbing the riverbanks along which they nest.

The Turtle Survival Alliance has recognised this species as one whose ‘dwindling populations need greater protection’. Awareness work by FFI and their counterpart organisations in Indawgi aims to make the lake a safer haven for this endangered species.

Burmese softshell peacock turtle. Credit: Jeremy Holden/FFI

Burmese softshell peacock turtle. Credit: Jeremy Holden/FFI

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Jeremy Holden

Jeremy Holden is a photographer and field biologist who has worked in association with Fauna & Flora International since 1995. He specialises in camera trapping rare and cryptic animals in the rainforests of Southeast Asia.

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