The last known female Yangtze Giant Softshell

Abril 15, 2019
The last known female Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) has passed away. She was 1 of only 4 known animals of this species in existence. With her passing, the devastating truth is that extinction is looming over them, the largest species of freshwater turtle in the world. This female was estimated to be at least 90 years old, and passed away after undergoing artificial insemination. Having gone through 4 previous treatments and a full health exams before the procedure, she sadly did not wake up from the anesthesia despite a dedicated team of experts who undoubtedly did everything they could to save her. It‘s important to note that the conservation team spearheading the Rafetus Conservation program had tried naturally breeding this female for many years to absolutely no avail. This is a tragic outcome to a team of dedicated conservationists who did everything they could to save them from extinction. The most important take-away from this devastating loss is the importance of establishing conservation programs before a species gets to such a dire place. Sadly, Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtles were historically very heavily hunted, their habitats being so badly polluted and developed over the years that populations everywhere declined rapidly. Before we knew it, we were left with only a handful of very old animals, and sadly, though many have worked tirelessly to save them, it seems as though the greatest conservation tool we could have for this species would be a time machine. This is a tragic reminder of why conservation matters; not just when a species is in such a critical state, not just for the endangered species, but for all species, even if only to keep a common species common. Turtles are the most endangered vertebrates on the planet, with over half of all species threatened by extinction. We cannot save them alone, and that’s why it’s so important to have the support of people all around the world, people just like you, who can tell others about the plight of the world’s turtles, donate, become a member, and join us in our fight to save them. Extinction is forever. (? by Joel Sartore, Photographer, NatGeo PhotoArk)
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