Rare peacock turtle rescued and released 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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