One Southeast Asian Box Turtle (𝘊𝘶𝘰𝘳𝘢 𝘢𝘮𝘣𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘴) was retrieved by the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS), after it was turned over by Mr. Dean San Luis of Barangay San Pedro, Puerto Princesa City on April 14, 2021.
Mr. San Luis narrated that he saw the turtle crossing the road along Pablico Road I, Barangay Tiniguiban, Puerto Princesa City, while he was driving his motorcycle at around 4:00 PM on April 14, 2021. He said he feared something bad might happen to the turtle if he will just let it cross the street and head on to where he intended to go at that time.
Being an active member of SAKA Mountaineers and Conservation Society, a group of tour guides in Puerto Princesa City, his love for mountaineering, nature, and wildlife has been instilled in him for several years now. Hence, rescuing wildlife species from potential danger and returning them back to their natural habitat come natural for him as he has been doing it for years now. Moreover, his action was further prompted by his awareness and support for the wildlife conservation advocacy of the PCSDS.
The Southeast Asian Box turtle has a curved carapace length of 17 cms, curved carapace width of 16.6 cms and weighs 300 grams.
The Southeast Asian Box Turtle is listed as “Endangered Species” under PCSD Resolution No. 15-521. The PCSDS is urging 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 concerns.