River Turtles

Environmentalists and locals release into their natural habitat an endangered species of fresh water turtle – podocnemis lewyana – endemic to Colombia and only found in the tributaries of the middle Magdalena, San Jorge and Sinu rivers in the north of the country. Locals from the community of Estación Cocorná breed the creatures and liberate them six months after hatching.

Puerto Triunfo. Colombia 2018

River Turtle Colombia
River Turtle Colombia
River Turtle Colombia
River Turtle Colombia
River Turtle Colombia
Morrocoy tortoise Colombia
River Turtle Colombia

Above & below: A morrocoy tortoise – once a pet confiscated by authorities which now resides in the Tortugario reserve in Estación Cocorná.

River Turtle Colombia
River Turtle Colombia
Morrocoy tortoise Colombia

Environmentally concerned visitors brought to the Tortugario, the small turtle reserve, by two Conservative candidates for the release of 150 specimens.

River Turtle Colombia
River Turtle Colombia
River Turtle Colombia
River Turtle Colombia
River Turtle Colombia
River Turtle Colombia
River Turtle Colombia
River Turtle Colombia
River Turtle Colombia

A 60 year old female river turtle.