Malaysian Giant Turtle Orlitia borneensis

Malaysian giant river turtle Orlitia borneensis

Malaysian Giant Turtle Orlitia borneensis

Critically Endangered

The Malaysian Giant Turtle inhabits freshwater swamps, lakes and river systems. The diet in the wild is unknown, but captives are omnivorous. Little information is available about the species life history. Orlitia borneensis is considered Endangered in Indonesia and reported mostly from national parks; they appear to be declining in abundance due to habitat loss and intensive illegal exploitation.

#Malaysian Giant #Turtles live in swamps, lakes and rivers. They’re critically endangered by #palmoil #deforestation and illegal exploitation in Asian food markets. Protect them with a #Boycott4Wildlife on brands destroying their home

The Malaysian Giant Turtle is traded in East Asian food markets in huge numbers of animals of all sizes despite legal status. Previously they were exported in large quantities from Indonesia despite official protection. Conversion of surrounding habitat into palm oil plantations poses an additional threat.

IUCN Red list

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Further Information


Horne, B.D., Das, I., Hamidy, A., Kusrini, M.D., Guntoro, J. & As-singkily, M. 2020. Orlitia borneensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T15509A724972. Downloaded on 24 January 2021.

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