Tottori museum's rescued green turtle draws fans

Dec 14, 2016

Tottori museum's rescued green turtle draws fans

A green turtle that was saved after being trapped in a fishing net earlier this month has been a popular draw at a museum in Tottori Prefecture. The female turtle, 60 cm in length and believed to be 10 years old or younger, will ...

'Suppon' soft-shell turtle added to threatened species list

Jul 5, 2016

'Suppon' soft-shell turtle added to threatened species list

The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources has added the Chinese soft-shell turtle, known in Japan as suppon, to its Red List of Threatened Species. The turtle, a delicacy in Asia, was added in the category of “vulnerable,” the third-highest among ...

Dec 2, 2015

Canadian smuggler with turtles in pants pleads guilty in U.S.

A Canadian man caught at a border crossing with 51 turtles taped to his body pleaded guilty Tuesday to smuggling or attempting to smuggle more than 1,000 of the reptiles out of southeastern Michigan. Kai Xu, 27, would order turtles online and travel to ...

JR West, aquarium solve turtle-linked rail disruptions

Nov 30, 2015

JR West, aquarium solve turtle-linked rail disruptions

West Japan Railway Co. and Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe have jointly developed a system to prevent turtles from getting caught between railway switches. They found out from experiments that when turtles trying to cross the tracks fall into the space between them, they ...

Zoos a haven for wild animals, keeper says

Aug 22, 2013

Zoos a haven for wild animals, keeper says

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Zoos play an increasingly important role in the preservation of wild animals, says Daisuke Kiryu, a keeper of reptiles at Yokohama’s Nogeyama Zoo, which is known for successful artificial breeding of turtles designated as endangered species. “We succeeded in breeding the radiated tortoise and ...