Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
08-December-2010 18:05 IST
Threat of Extinction of Turtle
The three striped roof turtle Kachuga dhonkoga is under threat because of consumption for subsistence by local populations in its distribution range, its utilization in trade, degradation of its riverine habitat due to pollution and disturbance at nesting sites. In order to augment the population of species, head start and captive breeding programmes have been taken up at the following places:

i. Kukrail Centre Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
ii. Deori Crocodile and Turtle Rearing Centre, Madhya Pradesh
iii. Freshwater Turtle Conservation and Education Centre in National Chambal Sanctuary, Garhaita, Itawah, Uttar Pradesh.

Wildlife Crime Control Bureau has been set up by the Central Government to check illegal trade in wildlife and its products.

The three striped roof turtle Kachuga dhonkoga (also known as Batagur dhongoka) has been classified as ‘Endangered’ in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

This information was given by the Minister of State for the Ministry of environment and Forests (I/C) Shri Jairam Ramesh in a written reply to a question by Shri Sanjay Jaiswal in Lok Sabha today.