Discovery of endangered female turtle provides hope for extremely rare species

Discovery of endangered female turtle provides hope for extremely rare species

 The world’s most endangered turtle species may now have a fighting chance, after a 3-foot-long (1 meter) female — a potential mate for the lone known male of the species — was discovered in Vietnam. 

Researchers from the Asian Turtle Program (ATP) of Indo-Myanmar Conservation (IMC) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) discovered the 182-pound (86 kilograms) turtle in Dong Mo Lake, in Hanoi’s Son Tay district, in October last year. They analyzed genes in her blood and have now confirmed she is a Swinhoe’s softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei), making her the second known living member of the species.

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