Monday, November 30, 2015

 The Yangtze River giant softshell turtle, one of the rarest species in the world. There
 are only four left, including this male, who is more than 100 years 
old! Hope for the largest freshwater turtle in the world now rides on 
starting a captive breeding program at the Suzhou and Changsha Zoos in China. With help from the Turtle Survival Alliance (@turtlesurvival),
 biologists hope to use this male to fertilize the eggs of the world’s 
only female using artificial insemination, in time to save the species.Photo credit: Joel Sartore via National Geographic

The Yangtze River giant softshell turtle, one of the rarest species in the world. There are only four left, including this male, who is more than 100 years old! Hope for the largest freshwater turtle in the world now rides on starting a captive breeding program at the Suzhou and Changsha Zoos in China. With help from the Turtle Survival Alliance (@turtlesurvival), biologists hope to use this male to fertilize the eggs of the world’s only female using artificial insemination, in time to save the species.
Photo credit: Joel Sartore via National Geographic

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