Save the Royal Turtle From Extinction

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Target: H.E. Say Samal, Cambodia’s Minister of Environment

Goal: Protect Cambodia’s last remaining Royal Turtles from dying out due to habitat loss.

Cambodia’s Royal Turtle, also known as the southern river terrapin, is one of the most endangered turtle species in the world. According to the Wildlife Conservation Society, there may be fewer than 10 left alive due to habitat loss. This tiny Royal Turtle population can only be found along the Sre Ambel river system in the Koh Kong Province of Cambodia, where it has been protected by the Fisheries Administration and the Wildlife Conservation Society. Now, this rapidly declining species is facing further threats to its survival because of increased sand dredging, the illegal clearance of flooded forest, and wood transportation along the nesting habitat.

The Royal Turtle is listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species as critically endangered, the highest threat level. In fact, the species was believed to be extinct in Cambodia until a small population was rediscovered in 2000. While the Royal Turtle’s continued survival is good news, urgent action is needed to protect the species from dying out. The Wildlife Conservation Society recently released a statement that describes a dangerous decline in the Royal Turtle’s nesting, which the organization believes is being caused by the recent increase of disturbance along the river system where the species lives. These environmental disruptions disturb the Royal Turtle females during the breeding season, “potentially putting the species at high risk of extinction.”

The Royal Turtle is especially important to Cambodia as it is the country’s national reptile, and we were given a second chance at protecting this species when it was rediscovered. Sign the petition below to urge the Cambodian government to halt the sand dredging and forest clearance along the Sre Ambel river system to protect the Royal Turtle from further habitat loss that will result in the species’ extinction.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Samal,

Cambodia’s Royal Turtle is one of the most endangered turtle species in the world, listed on the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species as critically endangered, the highest threat level. The Royal Turtle was believed to be extinct in Cambodia until a small population was rediscovered in 2000, and the species needs urgent protection in order to survive. According to the Wildlife Conservation Society, there may be fewer than 10 left alive due to habitat loss and the risk is getting worse.

Increased sand dredging, the illegal clearance of flooded forest, and wood transportation along the Sre Ambel river system in the Koh Kong Province is causing a disturbance to the Royal Turtle’s nesting habitat. These extremely rare turtles can be found nowhere else in the world, so it is essential that this river system where they live is protected from human development. These environmental disruptions disturb the females during the breeding season, which puts the species at a high risk of extinction.

I am urging you to stop the sand dredging and forest clearance along the Sre Ambel River in order to protect the habitat of Cambodia’s last remaining Royal Turtles. Please take action to support conservation efforts and keep this critically endangered species from extinction.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Mohd Hafiz Noor Shams

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