One Southeast Asian Box Turtle (𝘊𝘶𝘰𝘳𝘢 𝘢𝘮𝘣𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘴) was turned over by Mr. Herminio V. Badenas, Jr. of Baltan Street, Barangay San Miguel, Puerto Princesa City to the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS) on September 7, 2021.
Said turtle, listed as “Endangered Species” under PCSD Resolution No. 15-521, was initially found by the construction workers of Mr. Badenas’ family in the vicinity of the structure they were erecting on April 4, 2021.
Mr. Badenas opted to take the turtle to the municipality of Brooke’s Point, Palawan to take care of it while staying there because he couldn’t turn it over to PCSDS due to COVID-19 restrictions at the time. When the restrictions were eased after four months, he decided to turn the turtle over to the PCSDS office on September 7, 2021, to assure the turtle’s safety and well-being.
The Southeast Asian Box turtle has a curved carapace length of 19 cms and curved carapace width of 19 cms.
The PCSDS urges persons who happen to find or rescue wildlife to turn them over to our office, which can be contacted thru hotline numbers 0935-116-2336 (Globe/TM) and 0948-937-2200 (Smart/TNT). You may also send a message to our Facebook page for your other concerns.