(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) BOLIVIA — In an attempt to boost the region’s turtle population and ultimately rescue the species, thousands of turtle hatchlings were recently released into a river in Bolivia. Because these animals are extensively hunted for their meat and eggs, South American turtle populations have drastically fallen due to excessive hunting. More than 120,000 yellow spotted river turtles and South American river turtles—which can reach up to a meter in length—were released into the Amazonian river as part of a project to eventually release 3.8 million baby turtles in Bolivia and Brazil. Take a look at these baby turtles take their first steps across the sand. — Global Animal

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