Rare Batagur Turtles Born
In April 2010, Tiergarten Schönbrunn was given four batagur turtles -- including two pregnant females -- by Reiner and Peter Praschag. This father-and-son team of turtle experts has been working untiringly to save turtles “from the cooking pot”. Extensive discussions with the zoo’s animal keepers ensued because of the near-extinct status of these animals. The best conditions had to be created, and the eggs could not be out of sight for even a moment.
The results made it all worthwhile: two young turtles hatched in the summer of 2010. The adult animals can be seen in a large turtle enclosure in the Rainforest House; the young animals are housed in the Aquarium.