Conservation status of freshwater turtles in Hainan Island, China : Interviews and field surveys at Yinggeling nature reserve

Jay Pak Ho WAN, Bosco Pui Lok CHAN, Chengle LIAO, Hongxu MI, Michael LAU, Fei LI, Hesheng WANG, Yik Hei SUNG*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Overexploitation has led to the drastic decline of most Asian freshwater turtle populations. We examined the distribution and current status of freshwater turtles using interviews and field surveys in Yinggeling Nature Reserve, Hainan Island. We captured 18 individuals of 4 species in over 8000 trap days. Based on our findings, interviews, and previous studies, illegal turtle harvesting is probably the major cause of population declines; we identified 2 key conservation areas within the reserve for regular patrols to reduce illegal activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-103
Number of pages4
JournalChelonian Conservation and Biology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015
Externally publishedYes


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