Philippines Crisis

Our message today is so urgent, and so important to the continued survival of a critically endangered species, that we are jointly requesting your help alongside our friends at the Turtle Conservancy, Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, and the Turtle Conservation Fund.

8945 euro raised so far

Yesterday, authorities in Palawan confiscated more than 4,000 turtles just before they were shipped out from their native island in the Philippines. More than 3,800 of them were endemic Philippine Forest Turtles (Siebenrockiella leytensis), a species that exists only in a small range in the northern end of Palawan. This number exceeds our current understanding of the existing wild population, and it will take years to comprehend the effects of this massive, highly coordinated poaching event.

The future of the Philippine Forest Turtle is hanging in the balance, or more appropriately, a warehouse in Palawan, and we need your support to help these turtles now!

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