Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
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Repatriation and Wild Release

Repatriation of illegally traded wildlife back to country of origin is the ultimate goal for most exotic seizures. However, it is a complex process requiring government to government agreements, disease risk assessment in order not to introduce novel diseases into the wild population, and complicated logistics. Since the year 2010, even though we have received many thousands of illegally traded wildlife, we have successfully repatriated to the wild just over a thousand animals. 

Pig-nosed turtles are classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List due to serious and unsustainable exploitation of the wild populations.
The Pig-nosed turtles arrived at the release site safely and were carefully removed from the crates.


Read more:

  1. Live Animals in Illegal Trade: A review of selected holding and repatriation costs and enforcement outcomes for local confiscations (pdf, 1.7MB)
  2. Happy ending for smuggled Pig-nosed Turtles: Repatriated and released in Indonesia
  3. Smuggled Ryukyu Black-breasted Leaf Turtles Head Home to Japan
  4. KFBG fills in missing data on over 590 animal species
  5. Fauna Conservation Reports & Publications
  6. KFBG Blogs: Animal Stories