Conservation / Seychelles Freshwater Turtle
Research conducted by the NPTS revealed that two Seychelles species of freshwater turtles, Pelusios castanoides intergularis and Pelusios subniger parietalis, are on the edge of extinction. Fewer than 250 of either species survive due to pollution, predation and development. The NPTS aims to save these species through captive breeding and reintroduction to secure reserves.
A captive breeding project of the NPTS became crucial for the survival of both endemic subspecies. All turtles of the breeding project are fed Exo Terra Aquatic Turtle food! This year 12 juvenile turtles bred by the NPTS were released into the wild. They joined the 5 released last year.