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Old 05-01-2007, 02:33 PM   #1
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Zoo hatches endangered Asian turtle

Zoo hatches endangered Asian turtle

Story Highlights• Zoo Atlanta hatched a rare Arakan forest turtle this week
• The hatchling is the fourth of the brown-and-tan spotted reptiles born there
• The zoo is the only facility in the world successfully breeding the turtle
• There are only 12 Arakan forest turtles living in captivity in the United States

ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- Zoo Atlanta hatched a rare Arakan forest turtle this week, a victory for researchers trying to save the endangered species -- one shell at a time.

The hatchling is the fourth of the brown-and-tan spotted reptiles born there, zoo officials said Tuesday. Two hatchlings have died, and another egg is near hatching.

The zoo is the only facility in the world successfully breeding the Arakan forest turtle, which is one of the planet's most critically endangered species. They were believed to be extinct for close to a century, but the turtles appeared in Asian food markets in the mid-1990s.

Scientists blame the rapid disappearance of the Arakan forest turtle -- much like other shelled reptiles -- on their popularity in Asia for cooking and medicinal purposes.

"For a species this close to extinction, it is simply not acceptable that they are being eaten," said Joe Mendelson, curator of herpetology at the zoo. "This doesn't solve the problem of them being overharvested in the wild. It does make sure they don't go extinct while we work to solve that problem."

The turtle, native to the Arakan hills of western Myanmar, has an abysmal survival rate. The turtles are very delicate and mate only once a year.

"The animals seem to be extremely difficult to establish in captivity," said Peter Paul van Dijk, director of the tortoise and freshwater turtle program for Conservation International.

The eggs take a 100 days to hatch. The zoo has had the pair of mating turtles since 2001 when the Turtle Survival Alliance bought them from a Chinese food market.

Though conservationists prefer to preserve endangered animals within their natural habitats, captive breeding programs act as "as insurance policies," particularly with the demand for turtles in Asia, he said.

"It's really a tragedy to lose a species that took millions of years to evolve," van Dijk said. "It's irreplaceable."

There are only 12 of the turtles living in captivity in the United States -- at Zoo Atlanta, the St. Louis Zoo, the Miami Metro Zoo and River Banks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, South Carolina.

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