Wildlife heroes save nearly 4,000 endangered turtles destined for China’s kitchens

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Time was running out for thousands of critically endangered creatures locked up in a warehouse and destined for the dinner bowls of China. Many were starving, thirsty and suffering from injuries.

Luckily, conservation heroes rescued the 3,800 illegally harvested Palawan forest turtles and are now nursing them so they can be released back into the wild. 

These rare and fascinating nocturnal reptiles were once thought to have become extinct only to be rediscovered on the Philippine island of Palawan in 2004.

Over the past decade, they have become highly prized not only by turtle collectors but also Chinese food connoisseurs, creating a lucrative blackmarket and, once again, putting the species at threat of oblivion.

The Palawan forest turtle, scientific name Siebenrockiella leytensis, is one of the most endangered reptiles in the world and has fallen foul of a similar sophisticated crime network used to ship ivory and tiger bones across the Far East.

Read More: http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/589724/Turtles-China-endangered-turtles-wildlife-heros

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