The Nubian flapshell turtle

"The Great Unknown African Turtle"

Our Projects

at a glance.

The Nubian flapshell turtle.

Africa’s rarest turtle is an enigma. The last known individual in captivity died in 2009 in the US, and no turtles had been spotted in the wild for the last 25 years.

Turtle Island has made it one of its primary goals to help prevent the extinction of this magnificent species.

The Yangtze giant softshell turtl.

The Yangtze giant softshell turtle is one of the largest – if not the largest – freshwater turtle in the world. We only know of three surviving specimens.

In Summer 2020, a team will again travel to Vietnam and Laos to search for remaining, surviving Yangtze softshell turtles.

Turtle Trafficking in South Asian Food Markets.

Turtles are exploited worldwide. They are not only sold en masse in the international pet trade; but in many countries, they remain an important protein source to this day

Turtle Island buys protected species from fishermen and releases them back in protected wildlife habitats or includes them in breeding projects.

The Red-necked Pond Turtle.

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.

The Lake Patzcuaro Salamander.

.The Lake Patzcuaro salamander is a highly endangered salamander species that is endemic only to Lake Patzcuraro in Mexico.


This salamander is now bred in European zoos in close cooperation with Mexico to be sent back to their country of origin. All animals bred in European zoos are descendents from the breeding groups at Turtle Island.

Batagur Baska – Northern River Terrapin fighting for its survival.

The Northern River Terrapin ranks among the Top 3 most endangered turtle species in the world. Worldwide, only few adult animals remain and among them, there are no more than 13 sexually mature females.

TURTLE ISLAND and the Vienna Zoo have co-founded a project to create the only Northern River Terrapin breeding group outside of their countries of origin.

The Temple Ponds in South East Asia.

In many different religions in asia, various species of turtles are reared in temple ponds and are sometimes even worshipped.

.Working together with Sundance Biology and Turtle Conservancy, Turtle Island has successfully modified a temple pond in India.

"In order to carry on this great work, we need your help"

Mag. Dr. Peter Praschag

Founder of Turtle Island

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