The ninth edition of Atlas was launched on November 15 turtles of the world The conservation of turtles brings worrying figures: about 50% of species in the world are threatened with extinction. The publication was produced by researchers from Germany, Australia, the United States and France and includes details on 357 species of reptiles.
âBut that’s not all,â says Uwe Fritz of the Senckenberg Natural History Museum in Germany. âIn the new edition, we also highlight the risk status of turtles and compare their original range with their current distribution. He adds, in the statement, As such, researchers hope to continually provide information to encourage sound conservation legislation and strategies.
At least 171 species are considered threatened, in addition to five that are already extinct. Habitat loss is recognized as one of the main causes of danger. “For example, all of the large Asian turtle species that were originally found in estuaries or rivers are on the brink of extinction,” says the veterinarian. âTheir habitats are increasingly restricted, their eggs are hunted by humans and larger animals are still slaughtered for food today,â says Fritz.
The ranges of the geometric turtle in South Africa and the Burmese rooftop and Burmese star tortoise in Myanmar have been reduced by at least 90%. In the list of the most endangered vertebrates, turtles come right behind primates. âThese are dramatic numbers that should lead to full protection of turtles as soon as possible. Otherwise, these animals, witnesses of the rise and fall of dinosaurs, would be lost forever, âwarns the researcher.
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