Dahl's Toad-headed Turtle looking at the camera.

Save the Critically Endangered Dahl’s Toad-headed Turtle from Extinction

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Project Overview

The Critically Endangered Dahl’s Toad-headed Turtle faces extinction as the streams and ponds they rely on in Colombia’s most threatened ecosystem shrink.

  • Species at Risk

    Dahl’s Toad-headed Turtle (CR)

  • Carbon stored

    not calculated*

    *(metric tons of CO2 equivalents)
  • Partner

    Wildlife Conservation Society–Colombia

  • 250 Proposed Acres Conserved by

    Purchase

Project Cost: $272,299
Funding Raised: $119,379

Please note that your donation may not be immediately reflected in the funding thermometer above.

Colombia
Proposed Acres

250

Project Overview

The Critically Endangered Dahl’s Toad-headed Turtle faces extinction as the streams and ponds they rely on in Colombia’s most threatened ecosystem shrink.

  • Species at Risk

    Dahl’s Toad-headed Turtle (CR)

  • Carbon stored

    not calculated*

    *(metric tons of CO2 equivalents)
  • Partner

    Wildlife Conservation Society–Colombia

  • 250 Proposed Acres Conserved by

    Purchase

Project Cost: £216,110
Funding Raised: £94,743

Please note that your donation may not be immediately reflected in the funding thermometer above.

Colombia
Proposed Acres

250

The Dahl’s Toad-headed Turtle is among the world’s top

25

ENDANGERED TURTLE SPECIES.

Project Overview

The Critically Endangered Dahl’s Toad-headed Turtle—with an estimated 2,000 individuals remaining—barely hangs on in Colombia’s most threatened ecosystem of tropical dry forest. Its habitat once covered an area three times the size of Hawaii, but agriculture, urban expansion and cattle ranching have whittled its range down to four fragmented locations, severely limiting the turtle’s ability to breed and maintain genetic diversity.

This semi-aquatic species inhabits streams and ponds within tropical dry forest, but only 4% of this delicate habitat remains intact, another 5% is severely fragmented, and the rest has been destroyed. The only hope for the survival of this rare turtle species is expanding its access to the natural ponds and streams vital to its survival.

Rainforest Trust and our partner, Wildlife Conservation Society–Colombia, seek to purchase 250 acres directly adjacent to the 297-acre Reserva Natural La Carranchina acquired in 2019 with generous funds from our donors. This is the world’s first—and only—protected area for the conservation of this critically endangered species. With your support, this expansion will allow their population to grow and thrive.

Explore Reserva Natural La Carranchina

Close up of Dahl’s Toad-headed Turtle.
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Dahl’s Toad-headed Turtle. Photo by Wildlife Conservation Society

Overhead image of Dahl’s Turtle fitted with a transmitter on its back to track species movement in real time.
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Overhead image of Dahl’s Turtle fitted with a transmitter on its back to track species movement in real time. Photo by Turtle Survival Alliance

Forest landscape of potential reserve site.
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Visitors on the potential reserve site by Turtle Survival Alliance

Give Imperiled Turtles A Chance At Survival

Securing this additional habitat is vital to bolstering genetic diversity, especially since the 60 individual turtles in residence at La Carranchina are outgrowing the relatively small protected area. The proposed expansion would, according to experts, raise the capacity of the reserve up to 200 turtles—10% of the global population—and significantly increase the global conservation outlook for the species. But we must act now. The owner of this critical plot has already received an offer from an agribusiness company that would convert the tropical dry forest into cassava plantations.

Support Capacity-Building And Livelihoods Of Local Communities

The existing La Carranchina Reserve engages with local community members through habitat restoration, honey-bee collection and species monitoring. The expansion will provide opportunities to further develop collaborative pilot projects for agroforestry, beekeeping, and other conservation-aligned techniques that can be replicated by local residents on their own lands.

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