World Turtle News, 10/03/2019
MME releases 5,706 Hawksbill baby turtles into sea
A major state project in Qatar to protect the environment and to ensure high levels of biodiversity has seen the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) release 5,706 critically endangered hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) being released into the ocean.
The sea turtles were released during Qatar’s 2019 hatching season. Ali Saleh Al Marri, The head of wildlife section at MME said: “A total of 92 nests were moved to a safe place during the season, and the overall hatching success rate reached 82 percent which is a great success of the project this year.”
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This Week In Turtles…
The Mid-Atlantic Turtle & Tortoise Society will have a meeting on October 5th, 2019, from 7 – 8:30pm for non-members, and 6-8:30 for members, at the Christian Temple, 5820 Edmondson Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21228.
Herpetologist, hobbyist, and box turtle specialist Sandy Barnett will present, ‘The Coahuilan Box Turtle (Terrapene coahuila): Adaptations to a Desert Oasis.’ The Coahuilan Box Turtle, a species endemic to the Cuatrocienegas Valley of Mexico, is unique among the Terrapene in having a semi-aquatic lifestyle. It is also the most endangered North American box turtle, with an estimated wild population of 1700 animals and fewer than 100 in AZA-affiliated facilities. Sandy will discuss the natural history of this fascinating animal, and on-going conservation efforts, including a pilot in-country head-start program.
Members are invited for a meet and greet starting at 6 pm.
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Photo from The Peninsula.