Cambodian monks help protect rare turtles

New conservation project launched to help save rare giant soft-shell turtle from extinction.

June 8, 2011

KRATIE, Cambodia - Cambodian monks and environmentalists launched a new conservation project on Wednesday to help save one of the world’s rarest and largest freshwater turtles from extinction.

A centre for the endangered Cantor’s giant soft-shell turtle has been set up on the grounds of a temple near the central town of Kratie on the Mekong river, with support from wildlife group Conservation International.