1. Welcome! Are you interested in tortoises? If so, we invite you to join our community! Our community is the #1 place for tortoise keepers to talk online. Once you join you'll be able to post messages, upload pictures of your tortoise and enclosure, and discuss any tortoise topic with other tortoise keepers. Get started today!

Giant Softshell Turtles (Rafetus swinhoei), has died in Vietnam

Discussion in 'Sea turtles' started by Cowboy_Ken, Jan 21, 2016.

Help Support Tortoise Forums by donating:

  1. Cowboy_Ken

    Cowboy_Ken Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2011
    Messages:
    17,538
    Likes Received:
    12,965
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Suburban-life in Salem, Oregon
    The Turtle Survival Alliance has confirmed that one of the world’s four known remaining Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtles (Rafetus swinhoei), has died in Vietnam.

    This turtle – believed to be a male - was highly revered in Vietnam and was a long-time occupant of Hoan Kiem Lake in the heart of downtown Hanoi. Sightings of the turtle attracted large crowds, as well as visitors from around the world. This turtle made global news back in 2011 when health concerns prompted officials to capture the turtle for medical treatment and mount a massive cleanup effort for the polluted lake.
    The death of this Rafetus reduces the known number of living animals to three: one in a protected lake in Vietnam and a pair at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Since 2008, this pair has been the subject of intensive efforts to encourage them to reproduce in captivity as a last ditch effort to save the species, currently recognized as the most endangered turtle in the world.
  2. wellington

    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2011
    Messages:
    37,386
    Likes Received:
    13,700
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Chicago, Illinois, USA
    (These ads do not appear for registered members.)
    Sad news.
  3. Cowboy_Ken

    Cowboy_Ken Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2011
    Messages:
    17,538
    Likes Received:
    12,965
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Suburban-life in Salem, Oregon
    Truth be told, I would have thought that, "The Turtle Survival Alliance" would have been able to also confirm if this were indeed a male of the specie.
  4. wellington

    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2011
    Messages:
    37,386
    Likes Received:
    13,700
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location (City and/or State):
    Chicago, Illinois, USA
    Missed that. Your right, they believe it to be. That's kinda scary, turtle alliance and they can't confirm. Hmmmm
  5. Turtlepete

    Turtlepete Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2014
    Messages:
    972
    Likes Received:
    888
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location (City and/or State):
    South Florida
    I don't believe the TSA has ever been allowed any access to the turtle. Conservation organizations rarely get a free pass with stuff like that, especially when the specimen is a topic of superstition. Keep in mind they worship this turtle like a god, the primary reason why they kept it locked up in a polluted pond and refused to allow it to partake in breeding programs that could have saved this species. Another species that is a display of the damage superstition has done to the natural world….
  6. lilmegtgood

    lilmegtgood Member

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2016
    Messages:
    56
    Likes Received:
    8
    Trophy Points:
    8
    Pray that China can bring them back
  7. keepergale

    keepergale Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2013
    Messages:
    761
    Likes Received:
    606
    Trophy Points:
    93
    Location (City and/or State):
    san diego
    China no doubt has reached out to the international community to find out what kind of wine to serve with Rafetus swinhoei.
Similar Threads: Giant Softshell
Forum Title Date
Sea turtles Conservation efforts for giant South American river turtles (Podocnemis expansa) Jun 26, 2019

Share This Page