With the help of our Vietnamese partner, Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV), a local man agreed to hand over two turtles he was keeping as pets to us
The man called ENV in the hope of getting information to get the animals, one Elongated Tortoise (Indotestudo elongata) and one Yellow-Headed Temple Turtle (Heosemys annandalii), back to the wild.
The elongated Tortoise is now assessed as Critically Endangered, as of IUCN’s 2019 Red List, while the Yellow-Headed Temple Turtle is Endangered.
The two creatures have been transferred and under intensive care at the Turtle Conservation Centre, Cuc Phuong National Park.
The Asian Turtle Program strongly encourages pet keepers not to buy turtles as pets and to transfer their animals to rescue facilities.
We would like to thank Tran Tung and his relative for willingly transferring the two turtles so that they can be treated at the TCC and hopefully released in the future.