These Wild Animals Are Disappearing at an Alarming Rate — Here’s What You Can Do About It

Source: Courtesy of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature

Here’s what you can do about it

Retailer Lacoste and the IUCN have partnered in a two-year project that includes supporting conservation efforts of the Burmese Roofed Turtle in Myanmar. The animal was featured in the #LacosteSaveOurSpecies campaign. Those interested can contribute to the campaign.

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4. Elongated Tortoise
> Estimated remaining population: Unknown (decreasing)
> Main habitat/geography: India, Bangladesh, southeastern Asia
> Scientific name: Indotestudo elongata

Elongated tortoises are found in Bangladesh, India, and southeast Asia. The biggest threat to the tortoise is the pet trade, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature. The tortoises are hunted for food and found in Asian food markets.

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Here’s what you can do about it

Pressure elected officials in the United States to exert influence on countries in Asia where the tortoise lives — Bangladesh, India, and southeast Asia — to enforce wildlife protection laws, continue conservation breeding, and continue research.

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5. Pancake Tortoise
> Estimated remaining population: Unknown (decreasing)
> Main habitat/geography: Kenya; Tanzania, Zambia
>Scientific name: Malacochersus tornieri

In one year, the pancake tortoise’s status went from vulnerable to critically endangered, according to the IUCN. The tortoise gets its name from its flattened shell. They can crawl and live into narrow rock crevices and are considered good climbers. People hunt the pancake tortoise for pet trade, and they were critically threatened until their exports were closely regulated.

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Here’s what you can do about it

Those seeking to have a pancake tortoise as a pet are advised to buy captive-bred tortoises. If more people buy captive-bred tortoises, more people will breed them to sell, and this will help preserve the population of the animal.