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Tiny hatchlings giving hope to endangered species

A clutch of endangered turtles has hatched over the past month thanks to a new breeding program that may help keep the breed alive in the longer term.

Ten Manning River turtles have hatched at conservation organisation Aussie Ark in the past fortnight, at their site in Barrington Tops on near the mid-North Coast.

One of the newly-hatched Manning River turtles.

One of the newly-hatched Manning River turtles.Credit:Aussie Ark

“Because Manning River turtles were endangered before the fires, we started planning for the conservation breeding program three years ago and happened to have the facilities ready for these emergency rescue efforts when the fires began,” Aussie Ark president Tim Faulkner said.

Another 20 eggs are due to hatch at the facility early next month, and the team is scheduled to collect further adult specimens in the coming weeks and months.

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