The Amazon Turtles
Conservation and Management in Brazil
Two team members work in the enclosed artificial nest area.
VITOR HUGO CANTARELLI
CENAQUA/IBAMA Rua 229 Nº 95, Setor Leste Universitário, Goiânia-GO 74.609-090, Brazil
ABSTRACT: This paper summarizes the turtle conservation and research undertaken by CENAQUA/IBAMA in the Brazilian Amazon, mainly with Podocnemis expansa. During 13 years of work more than 17,000,000 young turtles have been released into the rivers. From 1979 to 1991 the project oversaw a 1200% increase in number of eggs laid, with an average increase of approximately 25% per year. This paper describes some of the methodologies and achievements of management in the wild. The feasibility of captive breeding for commercial purposes is also discussed.
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