Rangers from the Siamese Crocodile station saved an Asiatic softshell turtle from the illegal wildlife trade.
The Softshell turtle is now classified as “Vulnerable” to extinction on the IUCN Red List. Unfortunately, little research has been done on this species and it is not known how many remain today. Wildlife Alliance’s Forest Protection Program is protecting vital habitat for this threatened species and protecting them from poachers. The rangers released this turtle back into protected habitat the next day.
Soft Shell Turtles – Trionychidae
They are called “softshell” because their carapaces lack horny scutes (scales), though the spiny softshell, does have some scale-like projections, hence its name.
Our forest rangers work tirelessly to protect some of the world’s most endangered animals in one of Southeast Asia’s last great rainforests.
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