Zhou's Box Turtle
Sulawesi Forest Turtle
McCord's Box Turtle
For 15 years, Münster Zoo has been committed to protecting severely threatened species of Asian turtles. Some of the species they have bred this year are among the world's 25 most endangered turtles.
Among them is the Zhou's Box Turtle, whose survival has been secured by the assistance of Münster.
The Zhou's Box Turtle is no longer found in nature, and the 140 individuals of the species that are known are currently in human hands. Münster helped increase that number with their 80 hatchlings.
The Sulawesi Forest Turtle is close to extinction. The species is hardly kept in zoos, but there has been an increase of hatchlings due to the help of the International Center for Turtle Conservation (IZS). The IZS was founded as a cooperative project about 15 years ago. The project's success is based primarily on the volunteer work of Ingrid and Elmar Meier who have guided "turtles station" for 15 years. Today, the station is home to numerous endangered Asian turtle species. The goal is to build stable populations of species and, with improved safety conditions in the future and reintroduce the animals in the countries of origin.
The zoo also saw the hatching of ten McCord's Box Turtles, a type that is probably extinct in the wild. The less than 1,000 individuals are now only known to be in human hands.
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