Biodiversity and Conservation, 2020

Unexpected high forest turtle diversity in hill forests in northern Vietnam : we investigated the turtle fauna and their distribution in hilly forests in northern Vietnam during two consecutive periods. We used a combination of (1) field surveys; (2) hunter interviews; (3) examination of hunter quarry, and (4) monitoring of hunting activity. We performed field surveys in bamboo and hilly secondary forests (500–1350 m), applied 103 hunter interviews, and examined the same number of hunter bags. We found a total of 124 different individuals of as many as 9 turtle species. We suggest that field surveys should be conducted as soon as possible to confirm whether these turtles are as seriously threatened as presently considered by the IUCN. Par Pham Van Thong, Olivier Le Duc, Benjamin Leprince, Cedric Bodres, Tomas Zuklin, Charlotte Ducotterd, Quang Lu Vinh, Lo Van Oanh, Nguyen Tam Anh, John E. Fa, Luca Luiselli

Journal for Nature Conservation 55, 2020

A new locality of presence for the world’s rarest turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) gives new hope for its survival: this study brings exciting new discoveries in Vietnam about the historical presence of R. swinhoei in Vietnam as well as the potential new locality of presence in the wild. We hope these research results will help to accelerate scientific endeavors in order to save Rafetus from extinction. By Olivier Le Duc, Thong Pham Van, Tomas Zuklin, Cedric Bordes, Benjamin Leprince, Charlotte Ducotterd, Vinh Luu Quang, Luca Luiselli

Russian Journal of Herpetology 27(3), August 2020

Farming characteristics and the ecology of Palea steindachneri (trionychidae) in Vietnam : Here we study, through structured questionnaires with 73 owners of turtle farms, the social and economic contexts of the business activity of breeding turtles in farms for food market. We also collected ecological data for the most intensely bred species, the Wattle-necked softshell turtle, Palea steindachneri. By Olivier Le Duc, Thong Pham Van, Benjamin Leprince, Cedric Bordes, Vinh Luu Quang, Oanh Lo Van, Anh Nguyen Thi Tam, Linh Luong Thi Khanh, Son Pham Ngoc, Luca Luiselli

Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 2020

Fishers, dams, and the potential survival of the world’s rarest turtle, Rafetus swinhoei, in two river basins in northern Vietnam: a detailed questionnaire survey conducted with more than 100 individuals from fishing communities in northern Vietnam was used to investigate the current status of Southeast Asian turtles and provides new hope concerning the survival of Rafetus swinhoei. By Olivier Le Duc, Thong Pham Van, Benjamin Leprince, Cedric Bordes, Anh Nguyen Tuan, John Sebit Benansio, Nic Pacini, Vinh Quang Luu, Luca Luiselli

Aquatic Conservation nov. 2019

Hunters’ structured questionnaires enhance ecological knowledge and provide circumstantial survival evidence for the world’s rarest turtle : the aim of this study is to enhance the knowledge of the biology and conservation of the rarest turtle in the world, Rafetus swinhoei, via a standardized questionnaire administered to former hunters of the species. By Thong Pham Van, Olivier Le Duc, Benjamin Leprince, Cedric Bordes, Vinh Quang Luu, Luca Luiselli

Herpetological Journal Vol. 29

A field investigation from 2014-2018 on the Cuora individuals traded by high-level traders in six provinces of Vietnam and the estimated numbers of traded individuals determined through interviews with traders. – Thong Pham Van, Benjamin Leprince, Hong Luong Xuan, Quyen Nguyen Thu, Olivier Le Duc, Cedric Bordes, Manh Vuong Tien & Luca Luiselli

The Herpetological Bulletin n°146

Natural history observations on the endangered turtle Geoemyda spengleri in Tay Yen Tu Nature Reserve (Vietnam), with notes on other sympatric species – Thong Pham Van, Thinh Vu Tien, Jeffrey E. Dawson, Tung Bui Thanh & Benjamin Leprince

Herpetological Journal n°29

Longitudinal monitoring of turtle trade through Facebook in Vietnam – Thong Pham Van, Vinh Quang Luu, Thinh Vu Tien, Benjamin Leprince, Linh Tran Thi
Khanh & Luca Luiselli

Sacalia n°57

This publication in german written by Benjamin LEPRINCE (president of Turtle Sanctuary) details his breeding experience of Platysternum megacephalum.