Environmental activists are working to conserve a rare turtle that lives in three provinces of northeastern Cambodia. The Asian giant softshell turtle, a freshwater species called “frog head turtle” in Khmer, is disappearing from Southeast Asia, but a good number of specimens have been found living along the Mekong River in Cambodia. “They are in a critical situation,” said Sun Yoeung, a project officer at Conservation International, as he toured the river last week. Around 2,600 of the turtle species are thought to be living along the river. VOA Khmer's Kong Sothanarith reports from Stung Treng.
Conservationists and officials from the government are seeking to save at least four different species of bird that are endangered by make their homes in the Mekong River provinces of Kratie and Stung Treng. Officials traveled the flooded forests between those two provinces, looking for birds identified as under threat. (Kong Sothanarith, Kratie province)