LA PAZ – More than 70,000 baby turtles were released on Tuesday in a river in the Bolivian Amazon, as part of a conservation program.
The release took place in the San Pedro River in a ceremony attended by President Evo Morales, and the governor of the northeastern province of Beni, Alex Ferrier.
“When there, when there is a decision, it is possible to save on our heritage,” Morales said, praising the efforts in Beni, which borders Brazil.
The program includes the location of the turtle nests on the banks, care for the eggs and protecting the young turtles until they develop a shell hard enough to protect them from predators.
Beni’s initiative is focused on two types of turtles that are threatened with extinction, state news agency ABI said.