Over 100 turtles released in river in UP

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Moradabad, March. 5 (ANI): Over 100 sea turtles were on Saturday released in a river during a Turtle Conversation Event in Uttar Pradesh.

The World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) organised the ‘Turtle Conversation Event’ in Moradabad to stress on the need to protect the engendered species.

Senior Manager in Bio-Diversity division of the WWF-India, Askar Nawab, said the event was aimed at boosting the turtles’ population.

“The idea of the entire conservation event is that according to our information, the number of seven species in the Ramganga river is declining and some species are endangered and threatened. Our effort is to boost their population,” said Nawab.

Nawab added that they had kept the eggs of these turtles in hatcheries for the past three years to let them grow into adults.

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Meanwhile, scores of visitors thronged the banks of the river to participate in the event.

“We felt happy when we saw turtles being released in front of us. We are feeling good as with this initiative these creatures will be protected and our river will also become cleaner,” said a local, Veerendra Pal Singh.

In January, carcasses of over 150 Olive Ridley sea turtles had washed ashore on the beach near Pantha Niwas in Odisha.

Olive Ridley turtles, which nest on Indian shores, have been listed as endangered by the World Conservation Union since 1986 because of their dwindling numbers. (ANI)

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