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Conservation of the Threatened River Terrapins

WRS and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have joined efforts towards conservation of endangered turtles in Southeast Asia.

The Burmese roofed turtle (Batagur trivittata) is one of the species that WRS is actively working on. This species is endemic to Myanmar. It was believed to be extinct until rediscovered in 2002. It remains very rare in the wild, but the conservation project has been successful and several hundred are now kept in turtle conservation centers in Myanmar.

WRS supported the genetic analysis of all individuals held in captivity to identify 25 individuals that are genetically most diverse. These animals are now held in an assurance colony in the Singapore Zoo.

Top: Adult Batagur trivittata.
Bottom: Assurance colony arrive at Singapore Zoo