A world first for the species as 114 Madagascar side-necked turtles are bred successfully in captivity and released into the wild. This release also marks the third lake within Ankarafantsika National Park to receive significant conservation attention; making this an area of huge importance for the species.
After a long process requiring hard work and determination by Durrell staff, Lake Ambondrobe is the first ever New Protected Area in Madagascar to be created primarily for the conservation of a single species, the Madagascar side-necked turtle.
Durrell’s Juliette Velosoa wins a highly regarded Whitley Award for her work with the Madagascar side-necked turtle. The award recognises her outstanding contribution and dedication to the conservation of the species.