NZP organizes workshop on Turtle husbandry

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Dimapur, April 24: With the objective of conservation breeding of the endangered Burmese Mountain Tortoises in captivity, the Nagaland Zoological Park successfully hosted the first ever workshop on “Turtle Husbandry and conservation breeding for keepers from selected North-east India zoos” today. Participants from Manipur and Assam including animal keepers from various zoos and facilities having Burmese mountain Tortoise participated in the program. The workshop was organized by Turtle Survival Alliance- India (TSA- India).
Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) is an action oriented global partnership that is committed to zero turtle extinctions in the 21st century. TSA creates breeding programs including building facilities for critically endangered freshwater turtles and tortoises. They conduct field research, promote conservation awareness among local communities and provide 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 Northeast India many of which are critically endangered and are in need of conservation intervention to save them from eminent extinction. The workshop stressed on the different turtle species found in the region and their husbandry in captivity. Through this workshop it is expected to create much needed awareness on the conservation of different turtle species of the region and the serve as a road map for conservation breeding of the endangered Asian mountain Tortoise.
The Nagaland Zoological Park with present captive population of 13 numbers of Burmese Mountain Tortoise and ideally located enclosure facility has the potential to serve as a coordinating zoo for captive breeding to Burmese mountain Tortoise in the country.
Director of TSA-India, Dr. Shailendra Singh an expert in Turtle conservation in the country attended the workshop as the main resource person. 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 India.
Dr. Shailandra Singh expressed confidence that through partnership between TSA-India and Nagaland Zoological Park the conservation breeding of Burmese Tortoise will be successful.
Director of Nagaland Zoological Park, Obed Bohovi Swu thanked TSA-India for organizing such a valuable workshop and expressed hope that Nagaland Zoological Park will get opportunity to host bigger programs in the future too.
He also expressed that with technical support from TSA-India, the Nagaland Zoological Park will successfully breed Burmese Tortoise. (Page News Service)