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An information center on tortoises opened in Cuc Phuong National Park

In Politics-Society on March 13, 2010 at 4:37 am




An information center on tortoises opened in Cuc Phuong National Park


QĐND – Friday, March 12, 2010, 20:33 (GMT+7)

The CucPhuongNational Park has recently unveiled an information center on tortoises, the first of its kind in the region, with an aim to protect Vietnam’s land and freshwater tortoises.


On display at the Center for Tourists, located in the tortoise preservation center, are introduction boards, pools for freshwater tortoises, incubation rooms, spaces for off-springs, tent models and trails for hunters.


As Tim Mac Commack from the Asia Tortoise Preservation Programme said, Vietnam is one of the important hot spots on tortoise diversity in Asia. There are 25 land and 5 freshwater tortoise species in Vietnam, home of two unique tortoise species in Central Vietnam and in the SwordLake in Hanoi.


The fact is that Vietnam has seen a dramatic decline in wild tortoise due to tortoise trafficking to China over the past 15 years.


According to several studies by international scientists, no wild tortoises in Central Vietnam were seen, while there remain four SwordLake tortoises in the world.


Source: TP


Translated by Mai Huong


Source: QDND