Sal forest tortoise habitat stretches over unprotected areas

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News:According to a study by ecologists of Wildlife Institute of India(WII), over 90% of the potential distribution of Sal Forest Tortoise falls outside the current protected area’s network.

Facts:

  • Sal Forest Tortoise is also known as the elongated tortoise (Indotestudo elongata).
  • Habitat: It is found in Southeast Asia and parts of Indian Subcontinent particularly Northeast India.
  • IUCN Red List: Critically Endangered.
  • CITES: Appendix II
  • Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972: Schedule IV 
  • Threat: Hunted for food, local use such as decorative masks and international wildlife trade.