Peruvian Government Releases 1040 Baby Taricaya Turtles In Nanay River To Protect Them From Endangerment

The main objective of this mission is to protect these yellow-spotted river turtles from poaching and human activities that gravely affect the reptiles’ population

Sania Kader

November 11, 2020

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The Peruvian government officials released 1040 baby Taricaya turtles into the Nanay River on November 7th, Saturday. The national reserves team aims at releasing 8,50,000 baby turtles into the Amazon region by the end of this year, in order to protect them from endangerment. These baby turtles were incubated in August so that the targets could be achieved in the next five months. The government has been pulling off these Yellow-spotted river turtle rescue operations since the last two years and has been successful in protecting them from a vulnerable state.

Have a look at ZEE5 video with the details regarding Peru government’s rescue operation here:

The video showcases hundreds of Taricaya turtles being released into the Nanay river. A bunch of Peru government officials pulled off the mission with a few employees of Pacaya Samiria national reserve. The tiny creatures were brought in a huge jute basket and were released into the river where they can survive on their own. The main objective of this mission is to protect these yellow-spotted river turtles from poaching and human activities that gravely affect the reptiles’ population. These eggs were incubated in the laboratory so that the numbers could be increased, avoiding a stressful situation in the future.

Head of Pacaya Samiria national reserve, Alfredo Neyra, spoke about the rescue mission and how they are implementing it with utmost care. He said, “In the Pacaya Samiria reserve, for this year 2020, we are planning the release of approximately 850000 baby Taricaya turtles. The release is made on behalf of all the ecosystems of Pacaya Samiria in the main basins.” He also threw some light on the statistics so far, which encouraged them to take up the mission this year as well. He said, “In the last two years we have freed some 2.5 million Taricayas.”

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The Taricaya or Yellow-spotted turtles are special turtles which can grow up to 45 cm long while some also weigh up to 8 kgs. They are considered the largest of South American river turtles and have unique and attractive body design. They are generally spotted with yellow spots across their head region, keeping them distinct from other turtle species.

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