Guard (Guardia Civil) watching as local research team re-bury Giant River Turtle eggs (Podocnemis expansa)
CAPTIVE-REARING PROGRAM FOR REINTRODUCTION TO THE WILD
CITES II IUCN ENDANGERED (EN)
Pararuma Island. Orinoco River, 110 Km north of Puerto Ayacucho. Apure Province, VENEZUELA. South America.
RANGE: Amazonia, Llanos & Orinoco of Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Guianas, Ecuador, Peru & Bolivia.
Largest fresh water river turtle in South America. Eggs round & 42mm. 90-100 per clutch. 6-8 wks incubation.
All nests layed on low lying ground are dug up and relocated to an area not likely to flood. They are then surrounded by a net to catch all hatchlings who will then spend the first year of their life in captivity to increase their chances of survival.