Last Of Her Kind, This 100-Year-Old Turtle May Soon Be A Mom | Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle

Last Of Her Kind, This 100-Year-Old Turtle May Soon Be A Mom | Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle

A male, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can't get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

A male, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can't get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

'World's Most Endangered' Turtle, Over 100 Years Old, Could Be Mom Soon. PHOTO: The female Yangtze giant softshell turtle is seen basking and the male can be seen in the water.

'World's Most Endangered' Turtle, Over 100 Years Old, Could Be Mom Soon. PHOTO: The female Yangtze giant softshell turtle is seen basking and the male can be seen in the water.

A pair of Yangtze giant softshell turtles in a zoo near Shanghai have produced only infertile eggs. Now scientists are trying a first: artificial insemination.

A pair of Yangtze giant softshell turtles in a zoo near Shanghai have produced only infertile eggs. Now scientists are trying a first: artificial insemination.

The Yangtze giant softshell turtle is the rarest turtle in existence. There are only four left in the world and they are becoming extinct due to habitat loss and hunting. The Chinese believe the shells of these turtles hold medicinal properties.

The Yangtze giant softshell turtle is the rarest turtle in existence. There are only four left in the world and they are becoming extinct due to habitat loss and hunting. The Chinese believe the shells of these turtles hold medicinal properties.

Pinterest • The world’s catalogue of ideas
Search