Rapid response to floodproof hatchery for Critically Endangered endemic turtle

Meet the Partners

Rapid response saves Critically Endangered turtle hatchlings from flooding Dr Sabine Schoppe is the Director of Katala Foundation International’s Palawan Freshwater Turtle Conservation Program (PFTCP). ASAP is proud to have supported to the program through the ASAP Rapid Action Fund, supported by Fondation Segré. Read more about the project here. We spoke to Sabine about conservation milestones and how the programme overcame impacts from La Niña in 2021-2022. Tell us about the Palawan Freshwater Turtle Conservation Program (PFTCP). The Philippine…

Palawan Forest Turtle (Siebenrockiella leytensis) hatchery 

Rapid Action Fund

  The challenge The Palawan Forest Turtle is endemic to the Palawan island-group in the Philippines and can be found in streams in undisturbed forest. Surveys indicated an alarming 70% decline in the adult population over the past decade. Primarily threatened by collection for international trade, habitat loss and degradation are also contributing threats. The turtle is also consumed locally and utilised in traditional medicines.   Katala Foundation established a conservation breeding and reintroduction programme for the Palawan Forest Turtle in…