Current Affairs 4th September 2021

1. News : Indian biologist wins global award for turtle conservation

Source: The Hindu

Indian biologist Shailendra Singh has been awarded the Behler Turtle Conservation Award for bringing three critically endangered turtle conservation species back from the brink of extinction- Red-crowned Roofed Turtle (Batagur kachuga), Northern River Terrapin (Batagur baska), and Black Softshell Turtle (Nilssonia nigricans)

  • India has 29 species of fresh water turtles and tortoises.
  • World Turtle Day was celebrated on May 23, 2021. It is observed to raise awareness among people about turtle & tortoise and their habitats. Celebration of the day is sponsored by a non-profit organisation “American Tortoise Rescue (ATR)” since 2000. Theme for 2021 is- ‘Turtle Rocks!’.
  • Govt. Initiative for conservation: kurma aap developed by ITCAN.
  • Indian turtle conservation action Network
  • Turtle Survival Alliance- IUCN

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