The efforts to save the unique specie were made by conservationists who now are celebrating the growth in the population of Burmese roofed turtle. Great, isn't it?
A rare turtle famous for its permanent smile has been brought back from the brink of extinction after 20 years! And the efforts to save the unique specie were made by conservationists who now are celebrating the growth in the population of Burmese roofed turtle.
The giant Asian river turtle was said to have become extinct over two decades ago.
However, with combined efforts, there are nearly 1,000 of the little fellas in captivity at the present and some of them have even been released into the wild in Myanmar.
Talking about the rare turtle, Steven G. Platt, a herpetologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society, told the New York Times, "We came so close to losing them. If we didn't intervene when we did, this turtle would have just been gone."
Back in 2001, researchers found the shell of a recently killed turtle in a village along the Dokhtawady River in Myanmar, and the researchers were encouraged to find populations. The only problem was that there were only around 10 adult females surviving in the wild at the time.
"The biggest threat is that there are so few left in the wild and so if there's an accident we've lost a big chunk of the population. Otherwise, it's mostly fishing. I worry about them getting entangled in fishing gear and drowning. And if we didn't monitor, the eggs would be collected," Mr. Platt had told Mongabay at the time.