PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – A local environmentalist turned over a Southeast Asian box turtle (Cuora amboinensis) to the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS).
According to the PCSDS, Rene Maduro of the Yamang Bukid Farm turned over the turtle to the agency.
The Asian box turtle is considered as the world’s most heavily trafficked turtle.
Maduro said Yamang Bukid Farm owner George Maria found the turtle along the national highway in Barangay San Carlos when he was on his way home at around 3 p.m. September 11.
Maria brought the turtle home for safekeeping, and later asked Maduro to turn over the animal to PCSDS.
The turtle measured 17 centimeters in length, 12.5 centimeters wide, and weighed 150 grams.
Maduro told PCSDS officials that, as an environmentalist, aware of the importance of the role that turtles play in freshwater habitat, which was why he wanted to turn it over to the proper authorities who know how to handle wildlife.
PCSD considered the Southeast Asian Box Turtle as an “endangered” species under PCSD Resolution No. 15-521