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HK to return rare RP turtles 04/26/2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012

HK to return rare RP turtles

04/26/2012
Thirty-six live turtles seized from a smuggler, including 20 of one of the world’s rarest species, are to be returned from Hong Kong to the Philippines, officials yesterday said.

It will mark the first time a protected Philippine species seized from the illegal wildlife trade abroad shall be returned, Luz Corpuz, deputy wildlife chief of the environment department told Agence France Presse.

Hong Kong will hand the 20 pond turtles and 16 South Asian box turtles to Philippine enforcement officers on Friday, Corpuz and a spokesman for Hong Kong’s agriculture, fisheries and conservation department both said.

“They are Philippine species, and returning them back to their natural habitat is a big accomplishment for our conservation efforts,” Corpuz said of the Philippine pond turtles, which are found only in the island of Palawan..... MORE
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