Colombia | Reserve created to protect critically endangered turtle
Rainforest Trust, in collaboration with Wildlife Conservation Society Colombia and Turtle Survival Alliance, has safeguarded a 297-acre property in rural northern Colombia that will become the first and only reserve for the conservation of the Critically Endangered Dahl’s Toad-headed Turtle.
The Dahl’s Toad-headed Turtle (Mesoclemmys dahli) lives exclusively in the Caribbean region on Columbia’s Atlantic Coast. But agriculture, cattle farming and construction are destroying and fragmenting the turtle’s key dry forest habitat. The landscape is transforming so significantly that the species is in critical danger of extinction.