Of the 21 species of turtles that live in the Amazon, six are threatened with extinction. For ten years, ICMBio, the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation, and the non-profit organisation WCS Brasil, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development, have been working to preserve the animals. In September 2023, eggs were collected from the beaches to prevent predators. And the result of this service was presented to a group of adults and children who took part in the release of five species of chelonians in the Jaú National Park, which is located in the municipality of Novo Airão, in northern Brazil. Although in the wild the chicks are born on the beach, the release area was by the river to increase their chances of survival. Even so, less than 1 per cent of these chicks will make it to adulthood.
Source: Amazon Agency