Critically endangered royal turtles in Cambodia on recovery: conservationist group

Phnom Penh – After their release in November last year into their natural habitat in Sre Ambel river in southwest Cambodia’s Koh Kong province, all 25 nearly-extinct royal turtles have been detected, a conservationist group said on Friday.

“This shows that recovery efforts for the only remaining wild population of the Southern River Terrapin are showing signs of success,” the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said in a press statement.

The statement said the monitoring data indicated that one royal turtle had travelled to another river which is nearly 100 km away from the release site, and the other was captured by a fisherman and handed over to the project.

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