Breeding project: The Red-necked Pond Turtle
More than 50% of Asian turtle species are ranked by the IUCN as ‘critically endangered’ or ‘endangered’ which means they are on the brink of extinction.
The plight of some of these species garners a lot of attention whereas others seem to vanish seemingly unnoticed.
How big is the threat?
Red-necked pond turtles probably only occur in two southern Chinese provinces, Guangxi and Guangdong. They may also possibly be found on the Chinese island of Hainan and northern Vietnam, where a fossilized skull was found.
China’s extraordinary appetite for turtle products has reduced the wild populations to such a degree that the last verified sightings of this turtle in the wild were in the 30’s.
Our TURTLE ISLAND Project.
Close international cooperation has allowed us to create a breeding group for the last dumb-head red-necked pond turtles found in the West. Thanks to the assistance of multiple helpers, we now have a fighting chance at establishing an assurance colony
We have managed to locate only one male and three females of the previously plentiful ‘dumb-heads’ in Europe. In the US, no turtles of this variety could be found. Even in China where quite a lot of red- necked pond turtles are kept in farms, the dumb-head variety has become extremely rare.