People were resettled to protect the “Russian” turtles in China

From the reserve, houses, factories and ski resorts were removed.

Central Asian turtles are very rare in China. By the way, there this species is called “Russian turtles”. They have the highest status of protected animals. Human activities have led to a decline in their population. In China, they are found only in Khochen, in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. They organized a national reserve to save turtles and help increase their number, NCT reports.

From the territory of the reserve, entire settlements, including factories, houses and ski resorts, were moved beyond it. Remains of settlements inside the reserve will be removed by 2020. The site is home to 1000 specially bred turtles. And in the wild in China there are only 200 of them.

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