Cambodia endangered turtles get new home in Koh Kong

News in Asia
Cambodia endangered turtles get new home in Koh Kong

Wildlife conservationists in western Cambodia say they have shifted 206 rare Royal Turtles to a newly established reptile conservation facility. The new home for the Cambodian national reptiles is the Koh Kong Conservation Centre.

The relocation was a joint exercise carried out by conservationists from the US headquartered Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Cambodia’s Marine Fisheries Department. Spokesperson Eng Mengey told media sources the centre featured five decent sized ponds and sand dunes for the turtles to nest.

Fisheries Division director Ouk Vibol explained that Royal Turtles had almost been wiped out in Cambodia and it was crucial to protect them and ensure they survived for posterity.  WCS director for the country, Ross Sinclair, said the long-term goal for the centre was to bring in other species including Siamese crocodiles and maybe even turn it into an ecotourism destination.

Royal Turtles were given their name because in days of yore their eggs were a delicacy reserved for the country’s monarchy. They were long thought to have died out, but in 2000 a few were found in an isolated location. Conservation efforts since have led to 382 hatchlings. Many of these have since been returned to their natural habitats.



Bottlenose Dolphins Make Their Appearance Near Similan Islands

Similan Islands, an archipelago in the Andaman Sea and Thailand's popular marine national park, welcomes visitors with schools of dolphins after reopening.

21 October 2019

Ilicos, Philippines Develops Fruit Farm Tourism

Ilocos, the Philippines Region 1 administrative division in the the northwestern section of Luzon island, invites tourists to explore its 18 fruit farms.

21 October 2019

Two NPs in Thailand Designated as ASEAN Heritage Parks

During the recent 15th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment, two of Thailand’s national parks have received the status of ASEAN Heritage Parks (AHPs). Thus the total number of the ASEAN Heritage Parks located in Thailand reached six.

20 October 2019