17,000 at-risk turtles released into Peru's Amazon region

Thousands of new-born Taricaya turtles are released into Peru's Amazon as part of a conservation programme to save the at-risk species.

PERUVIAN AMAZON (Reuters) - Thousands of endangered Taricaya turtles have been released in Peru's Amazon region as part of efforts to conserve the species on the verge of extinction.

On Sunday (Oct 30), staff from Peru's National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SERNANP) released some 17,000 baby turtles as part of an ongoing programme.

The Taricaya were once in abundance along the Amazon but, due to development and logging in the region, their population numbers have been under pressure. Peru's government has classified the animals as "vulnerable" and officials hope that the mass release of the turtles will give the area a population boost.