Associated Press reports:
BANGKOK, Thailand, Dec. 8, 2006
Researchers in Vietnam announced Friday they have caught one of the world’s most endangered turtles in the wild, a development which could bolster efforts to protect the species from hunters and collectors.
The Vietnamese Pond turtle, found only in lowland areas of Vietnam, was caught in late November in Quang Nam province, according to the Asia Turtle Program.
While the turtles are still found in markets and pet shops, it was the first time researchers have caught one in the wild in 65 years.
The World Conservation Union has classified the turtle known as Mauremys annamensis as “endangered” and conservationists say it is also on a list of the world’s top 25 endangered turtle species.