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A delegation from Education for Nature – Viet Nam (ENV) on June 24 met with vice chairman of Quang Ngai Provincial People’s Committee Pham Truong Tho to make a proposal for building a Turtles Conservation Area (TAC) and a Species Habitat Conservation Area (SHCA) in Quang Ngai Province.
TAC and SHCA will be built on a total area of 40-50 hectares in three communes of Binh Khuong, Binh Minh and Binh Trung of Binh Son district.
The centre will be a place to reproduce Mauremys annamensis as well as receive them from neighbor provinces to take care them before releasing to nature.
As affirmed by guest, SHCA will not affect on the ponds and the agricultural processing of people in the project area.
The project is developed by Asian Turtles Program (ATP) and funded by many organizations in the world, including The World Wild Fund Netherlands, Cleveland Metroparks (America), Disney World Wild Conservation Fund.
Reportedly, the Vietnamese pond turtle or Annam leaf turtle (scientific name: Mauremys annamensis) is a species of turtle in the family Geoemydidae. It can be distinguished from its relatives and color pattern: the head is dark with three or four yellow stripes down the side. The plastron (belly shield) is firmly attached, yellow or orange, with black blotch on each scute. In 2006 a wild population of Mauremys annamensis was found near Hoi An in Quang Nam province.
The size of this species is small, with its scute length of about 29 cm. It can be found in ponds, marshes and fields of rice from Da Nang to Phu Yen city.
Currently, this species is in danger and facing with extinction because of not only the poaching and trade but also the extirpation of its habitat of wildlife.