LIMA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Peru releases more than 5,000 baby turtle back into the Amazon reserve this week, officials said on Wednesday (10/18/2017).
"The baby turtles are part of the 700,000 turtles from 2017 artificial hatchery program, done to help the conservation of yellow-spotted Amazonian river turtles from poaching," the official said on Thursday (10/19).
The last batch of yellow-spotted Amazonian river baby turtles was released on Tuesday at the Pacaya-Samiria Nature Reserve, said Alfredo Neyra, the head of the nature reserve.
Peru's garden services regularly collect turtle eggs from the Amazon river coast, where residents in the Loreto region are looking for protein. Adult turtle meat is also eaten by them.
Although the yellow-spotted Amazonian river turtles are not endangered, the authorities prevent the hunting of non-traditional eggs to avoid a reduction in their numbers.
In four years until 2016, about 2.1 million turtles were hatched by means of artificial hatching and released back to the wild, Neyra said.