NZP hosts workshop on conservation breeding of tortoises
Dimapur, April 23 (MExN): With special focus on conservation breeding of the endangered Burmese mountain tortoises in captivity, Nagaland Zoological Park (NZP) hosted the first ever workshop on ‘Turtle husbandry and conservation breeding for keepers from selected North-East India zoos’ on April 23.
Participants from Manipur and Assam, including animal keepers from various zoos and facilities having Burmese mountain tortoise, were part of the workshop, which was organized by Turtle Survival Alliance-India (TSA-India).
TSA is an action oriented global partnership that is committed to zero turtle extinctions in the 21st century, stated a press release from NZP director, Obed Bohovi Swu. It creates breeding programs including building facilities for critically endangered freshwater turtles and tortoises. The Alliance also conducts field research, promotes conservation awareness among local communities, and provides support, knowledge, training and resources to conservation partners around the world.
Out of 28 species of turtles found in India, 23 species are found in North East; many of which are critically endangered and are in need of conservation intervention to save them from eminent extinction, it pointed out.
The workshop stressed on the different turtle species found in the region and their husbandry in captivity. It envisioned to create much needed awareness on the conservation of different turtle species of the region and also serve as a road map for conservation breeding of the endangered Asian mountain tortoise.
The NZP with present captive population of 13 Burmese mountain tortoise and ideally located enclosure facility has the potential to serve as a coordinating zoo for captive breeding of Burmese mountain tortoise in the country, the release stated.
Director of TSA-India, Dr. Shailendra Singh, an expert in turtle conservation in the country, was the main resource person of the workshop. Dr. Rajiv Basumatary, a turtle expert in the North East, also the attended the workshop as resource person and shared about the different species of turtles of North East.
According to the release, Dr. Shailandra expressed confidence that through partnership between TSA-India and Nagaland Zoological Park, the conservation breeding of Burmese tortoise will be successful.
The NZP director meanwhile expressed that with technical support from TSA-India, NZP will successfully breed Burmese tortoise.
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