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Endangered Southern River Terrapin Released into the Sre Ambel river

Published: 17-Jan-12 05:16PM

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PHNOM PENH (Cambodia Herald) - A Southern River Terrapin (Batagur affinis) – one of the most endangered turtles on earth – was released into the Sre Ambel River in Cambodia by the Cambodian Fisheries Administration in collaboration with the Wildlife Reserves Singapore and the Wildlife Conservation Society yesterday.  

The release ceremony was officiated by Nao Thouk, Director-General of the Fisheries Administration & Adviser to Prime Minister Hun Sen, Mr Edgar Pang, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Singapore Embassy in Phnom Penh, and Mr Mark Gately, Country Program Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

“The released turtle, one of an estimated 200 remaining in the wilds, was fixed with a satellite transmitter that will allow conservationists to track its whereabouts and conduct the first-ever satellite monitoring study for this species,” the embassy of Singapore said in its press release on Tuesday.

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