The “Angonoky”turtles in the Bay of Baly threatened by poachers

The “Angonoky”turtles in the Bay of Baly threatened by poachers


After a few months of inactivity and hibernation, the "Angonoky" turtles in the Bay of Baly “Soalala”, stand for food at this time of year, but are immediately "picked" by poachers. Bush fires are no longer the main pressures on the "Angonoky" turtles. This species endemic of Madagascar that is found only in the Bay of Baly,which is their natural habitat is now increasingly exposed to threats of poaching.


Despite the facts that these turtles already existed for years, poaching phenomenon is raging in that part of the big island,the turtles emerge from their lethargy after being holed up in the dry season and looking to feed to replenish their reserves. Poachers do not hesitate to get them inside the national park and get rid of the individuals that they have captured by the transmitter which were provided to them, the transmitter ensured the tracking and tracing of these animals. This is what happened recently when a turtle Angonoky of thirty years, apparently intended for trafficking, was abandoned in a bag in the road and found by the gendarmes of Namakia in district Mitsinjo.


Although the bag had contained a single individual, officials Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, the organization responsible for the protection of endangered species, said that this bag is probably more content. The same officials confirm that it is indeed an individual from the national park of the Baly Bay because the turtle on its shell still bears the identification number, if its issuer has been ripped. According to the identification of the individual, it comes from the land located on the side of Sada, in the East, in the habitat of turtles Angonoky that spans 50ha. The turtle was immediately supported to be reintroduced as soon as possible in its natural habitat.