Help save the much-loved Manning River helmeted turtle

The little known but much-loved Manning River helmeted turtle is one of three turtle species in New South Wales with a very limited range and is unfortunately an endangered species.

Project name Help save the much-loved Manning River helmeted turtle!

Species name

Manning River helmeted turtle (Myuchelys purvisi)

Location

Manning Valley and NSW Hunter Region

Project description

The little known but much-loved Manning River helmeted turtle is one of three turtle species in New South Wales with a very limited range and is unfortunately an endangered species. These little turtles are only found in the Manning River on the mid-north coast of NSW. Living in such a restricted area means the turtles are extremely vulnerable to habitat loss, predation, lack of genetic diversity and illness. There are only 13 known sites where the turtle is found and the turtle population at these sites is declining.

To save this turtle we need to learn more about them, conduct more surveys to locate further populations and protect their nests by installing fencing and mesh around nests.

We also need to work with SoS partners on a captive breeding program and to also raise awareness of the turtle within the local community and surrounding areas.

Partners

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Aussie Ark

Australian Reptile Park

Manning Turtle Conservation Program

Funds or contribution

Anywhere from $5,000 - $125,000:

  • $50,000 on population surveys ($1,000 for 50 sites to find more populations of this turtle)
  • $50,000 sniffer dog detection to help locate turtle nests they can be fenced and meshed to stop foxes damaging the nests
  • $20,000 protection of nests, installation and monitoring
  • $5,000 contribution to the captive breeding program

Desired outcomes

Locate and increase populations throughout the Manning River and ensure its long-term survival through conducting surveys, monitoring, predation control and captive breeding releases.