Published on Cologne Zoo’s Facebook page the 28.12.2020.
A great success in one of the projects co-initiated by Cologne Zoo: the first breeding of the spotted softshell turtle (Pelodiscus variegatus) under human care.
Note: Here is more about the partnership that led to this amazing project:
Köln & Hanoi: Starke Partnerschaft für Artenschutz & Forschung
This first time breeding did not happen in Cologne Zoo, however, the fact that it occurred in Vietnam is proof of how the local population can be involved in the journey to save endangered species. The breeding is the first step in establishing an international breeding programme to build up a backup population for this massively threatened species.