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17,000 at-risk turtles released into Amazon

Wednesday, November 02, 2016 - 01:22

Thousands of new-born Taricaya turtles are released into Peru's Amazon as part of a conservation program to save the at-risk species. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Thousands of endangered Taricaya turtles have been released in Peru's Amazon region as part of efforts to conserve the species on the verge of extinction. On Sunday (October 30), staff from Peru's National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SERNANP) released some 17,000 baby turtles as part of an ongoing program. The Taricaya were once in abundance along the Amazon but, due to development and logging in the region, their population numbers have been under pressure. Peru's government has classified the animals as "vulnerable" and officials hope that the mass release of the turtles will give the area a population boost.

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17,000 at-risk turtles released into Amazon

Wednesday, November 02, 2016 - 01:22