First step to return home to Vietnam!

Today Turtle Island, in collaboration with Herbert Becker, a German turtle expert, sent 21 juvenile Vietnamese Pond Turtles (Mauremys annamensis) to the Taipei Zoo in Taiwan.

Vietnamese Pond turtles are thought to be extirpated from their home range in central Vietnam. Even if there are a few wild specimens remaining, only a substantial repatriation of captive bred specimens can re-establish the wild population.

Taipei Zoo is a partner in this captive breeding and repatriation program for one of the rarest turtle species on the planet.

Herbert Becker (, a well-known private breeder of many rare turtle and tortoise species and a Turtle Island Team Member, generously donated his 21 captive bred juveniles to the program.

With the help of our resident Elongated tortoise (Indotestudo elongata), Kiran Praschag can be seen performing their final health exam before they begin their long journey.

Turtle Island gives our appreciation to the Taipei Zoo for their work ahead and Herbert and Regina Becker for their continuing effort to contribute to important conservation programs.

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