Thousands of baby river turtles released in Peruvian jungle

The river turtles are considered "vulnerable" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and have for many years been killed for human consumption, or kept as pets.

The turtles carry the scientific name Podocnemis unifilis, but Peruvians call them taricayas. They are yellow-spotted and the baby ones measure just a couple of inches.

Peru has the second largest share of the Amazon rainforest after Brazil.

Scientists agree that conserving the Amazon rainforest is vital to avoid catastrophic climate change because of its ability to absorb greenhouse gases. But over the past two decades, more than 7,600 square miles (19,700 square kilometers) of the Peruvian Amazon have been destroyed.

This taricaya conservation project began in 2019 and has protected about 6,000 river turtles, in addition to those conserved this year.

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