Chinese smuggling threatens Philippine turtles

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Chinese smuggling threatens Philippine turtles

Chinese demand for forest turtles is threatening an endangered species found only on one Philippine island. The Philippine Forest Turtle, found only in the western island of Palawan, is one of numerous freshwater turtles being taken by poachers for sale to China. The reptile, also known as the Palawan forest turtle, is listed as “critically endangered,” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is found in forests and streams. About 20 of these rare animals were seized on October 18 among a haul of almost a thousand forest turtles collected by illegal wildlife traders in Palawan, Villena said.

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