A World Turtle day 2022: 300 endangered turtles released by UP Govt

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On the eve of World Turtle Day, officials claimed around 300 endangered turtles were released into the Chambal river.

They stated roughly 300 red-crowned roofed turtle (Batagur Kachuga) and three-striped roofed turtle (Batagur dhongoka) hatchlings were put into the river during the event on Sunday.

The Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), an international turtle conservation group, and Turtle Limited, a leading garment business, collaborated on the event.

On this occasion, the two parties also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoA). Turtle Ltd will fund TSA India’s turtle conservation efforts as part of its corporate social responsibility, according to the MoA.

“TSA India is operated by Indian conservation biologists, scientists, and researchers, and this organisation finds local solutions to conserve the turtles,” stated Dr Saurabh Dewan, Development Researcher at TSA.

TSA is striving to conserve turtles in numerous states’ terai areas.” According to him, the “Chambal Conservation Project” began in 2006. “In the area around Chambal, it is one of the primary projects initiated together with the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department to protect two endangered freshwater turtle species, the red-crowned roofed turtle and the three-striped roofed turtle.” “Turtle nests are stored in hatcheries along the river’s banks to protect them from predators,” stated Arunima Singh, Project Officer, TSA India. When the hatchlings emerge from the egg, they are promptly released in the river near where they were born.”

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