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Thought to be extinct, ‘Critically endangered’ Black Softshell Turtle, found along Brahmaputra’s drainage in Assam

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The International Union for Conservation of Nature, in Assam, listed Rare freshwater black softshell turtles (Nilssonia nigricans) on the verge of extinction. The black softshell turtle was thought to be ‘extinct in the wild’ and confined only to ponds of temples in northeastern India and Bangladesh, until the very recent sightings along the Brahmaputra River’s drainage in Assam.

For the long-term conservation of the rare freshwater black softshell turtle, a major temple in Hajo, Assam has signed a memorandum of understanding with two green NGOs. They are the Assam State Zoo cum Botanical Garden, and the Kamrup district administration.

Well after Turtle Survival Alliance India and Help Earth signed the pact involving the Hayagriva Madhava Temple Committee, a vision document 2030 was also launched.

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