The conservation effort to save the Bellinger River Snapping Turtle from extinction has received a huge boost after 21 tiny turtles hatched as part of Taronga’s captive breeding program earlier this year.

Taronga Zoo established its breeding program for this critically endangered species after a newly discovered disease wiped out up to 90% of the population in 2015, with only 200 individuals thought to remain in the wild.

Scientists at Taronga’s Australian Registry of Wildlife Health are continuing to investigate the cause of the disease outbreak and monitor the health of the remaining turtles and other wildlife in the Bellinger River catchment.

The aim is to release the hatchlings back into Bellinger River once the disease is understood and under control.

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Source: Taronga Zoo