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This temple in India is home to "extinct" turtles

These turtles may have disappeared from the wild, but they continue to live on at some Hindu temples in India... 🐢

This hindu temple is a shelter for turtles that are extinct in the wild

This temple is home to turtles that have disappeared from the wild: the black softshell turtle. Declared extinct in the wild in 2002, these aquatic turtles that are endemic to south Asia were the victims of hunting and the destruction of their habitat. But they continue to live on at some Hindu temples, like Hayagriva Madhav in Assam state. The turtle population is large here because the holy status of this pilgrimage site protects them. The fish and turtles in this pond are considered sort of like gods.

Many people come here to see the turtles. The crowds are bigger here than in the temple. Pranab Malakar, the manager of this sanctuary, recently teamed up with the NGO Good Earth to set up a reproduction program. In January 2019, 16 baby turtles raised at the temple were released in a neighboring nature reserve.

Although some hope remains for these turtles, it’s already too late for a similar species, the Yangtze giant softshell turtle. The last known female died on April 13, 2019 at a Chinese zoo. Turtles are among the world’s most endangered species. Nearly half of all turtle species are on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

06/12/2019 3:06 PMupdated: 06/12/2019 6:28 PM
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  • Aravind A.
    11/02/2019 19:36

    Paulinha Holthausen

  • Becky M.
    08/11/2019 07:21

    And yet the Chinese are still eating them

  • Vie K.
    08/04/2019 07:11

    Hindus are nature loving and environment friendly people. THank u people!

  • Jan B.
    08/03/2019 05:15

    Thank you

  • Reshma B.
    07/30/2019 10:59

    Proud to b in Assam

  • Kaja S.
    07/28/2019 07:51

    We should be ashamed

  • Ikenna A.
    07/27/2019 10:27

    Do they live as long as the tortoise?

  • Rajesh D.
    07/25/2019 04:09

    Proud to be a neighbor of this place.

  • Kashyap U.
    07/25/2019 02:32

    It is not same Hindu temple but it is Madhav Mandir

  • Yin J.
    07/19/2019 05:19

    Glad that they make effort to protect the soft shell turtle, while some just cook them Doesn’t taste good and not healthy (the parasites thing is disgusting). You can get good source of collagen from other plants/fishes...just not this turtle

  • Zoi P.
    07/17/2019 23:39

    Gee.. wounded who is eating them and paying a stupid amount of money to get them..

  • Stephen M.
    07/16/2019 01:12

    Cool release some and say they are too holy to hunt , you are welcome

  • Santanu D.
    07/15/2019 17:17

    I think same species are found in Bangladesh. Chattogram Biozed Mostamir Mazar pond. 20/50 turtles.

  • Reedeep D.
    07/14/2019 21:01

    We Assamese proud of u. Very good job.

  • Alice D.
    07/14/2019 15:24

    This man made me so happy. Just knowing there are good ppl like him around the world defending nature. All is not lost! Never give up🌏🙏🏼🐢

  • David A.
    07/14/2019 13:15

    Flesh eating turtles

  • Nicole R.
    07/14/2019 11:52

    Jadore se sanctuaire fait son possible pour la sauvegarde des tortues. Bravo

  • Muhammad S.
    07/14/2019 10:41

    Extinct

  • Urša S.
    07/14/2019 10:07

    gremo nazaj jst morm videt te želve

  • Jeremy M.
    07/14/2019 09:36

    I have one😍😍😍