Coahuilan Box Turtle Conservation
The Coahuilan Box Turtle (Terrapene coahuila) is listed as Endangered by the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature), the U.S. Endangered Species Act, and the Mexican Government. It is found only in the intermontane Cuatrociénegas Valley of north-central Mexico. T. coahuila is the only aquatic member of its genus. It is found primarily in small spring-fed wetlands (cienegas) and pools (pozas) set in Chihuahuan Desert habitat.
The species has experienced a serious population decrease over the past half century, declining from an estimated size of 10,000 in 1974 to 2,500 in the early 2000s to less than half that in 2018. The primary threats are habitat loss and degradation due to a lowering of the water table from encroaching agriculture both in the Cuatrociénegas Valley and in areas with contributing aquifers outside the basin.
Your donation will go directly to support the development and maintenance of the only captive breeding program for T. coahuila in Mexico. The long-term goal is to release captive produced stock into protected native habitat in the Cuatrociénegas Valley.
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Or write a check to the Turtle Conservancy and mail it to:
Turtle Conservancy, PO Box 1289, Ojai CA 93024.
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