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1 December 2015 A Plea to Redirect and Evaluate Conservation Programs for South America’s Podocnemidid River Turtles
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We review the current practices of podocnemidid turtle conservation programs in South America and summarize the direct and indirect negative consequences that some of these practices may have on the populations we are attempting to manage. We argue that programs that only focus on nest transfer and head-starting as their conservation strategies would be better served by redirecting their efforts toward the protection of subadults and adults and in conducting monitoring programs designed to evaluate the impact of their management practices. Also, we make suggestions for other ways that the management of podocnemidid populations may be improved without resorting to manipulative ex situ practices that may well do more harm than good.

© 2015 Chelonian Research Foundation
Vivian P. Páez, Alison Lipman, Brian C. Bock, and Selina S. Heppell "A Plea to Redirect and Evaluate Conservation Programs for South America’s Podocnemidid River Turtles," Chelonian Conservation and Biology 14(2), (1 December 2015). https://doi.org/10.2744/CCB-1122.1
Received: 24 June 2014; Accepted: 1 April 2015; Published: 1 December 2015
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