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Murray Turtle's In Strife

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A Riverland man, John Bannear, has been breeding turtles for close to six decades but now has a new project to save the wild population of the Murray River from extinction.

Despite having been around for 220 million years, the Murray turtles are currently suffering under the changes in water levels, drought, and most seriously, fox predation.

The Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife (FNPW) predicts River Murray turtles could be extinct by the end of the 21st century, with numbers already having dipped an astronomical 90 per cent in the past 40 years.

Image by Murray Foubister [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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