World Turtle News, 07/11/2018
Creating A Safe Haven For Native Australian Chelonians With The Goal Of Reintroduction Program
In the northernmost part of Victoria, Australia is a plethora of incredible and beautiful ecosystems which support a wide variety of interesting as well as endangered wildlife. This region also supports three of Australia’s native turtles species, and two organizations, North Central Catchment Management Authority and Turtles Australia, have joined forces to implement a conservation program to ensure that the fragile populations of these endangered turtles remains stable for generations to come. Focusing on Chelodina expansa, the project has established a protected area for the species to reproduce. A milling location on Longmore Lagoon at Gunbower is the chosen spot for this program and this is one of the prime nesting sites for C. expansa. Complete with a security fence, the safe-haven will prevent predators from destroying the nests and consuming the eggs. The project manager also encourages employees at the Ridley Agriproducts’ mill to keep track of any turtles they encounter in order to add to their collection of data. The goal of this brand new sanctuary is to boost the population of these turtles which are now in decline and in imminent danger.
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