Nubian Flap Shell Turtle

Feasibility study highlights need for conservation of the Nubian Flapshell Turtle

NatureUganda recently conducted a feasibility study of the Nubian Flapshell Turtle in Northern Uganda. The study aimed to verify the presence of this endangered specie and explore opportunities for its conservation.

The Nubian Flapshell Turtle, scientifically known as Cyclanorbis elegans, is a fascinating creature found primarily in the Nile River Basin and other sub-Saharan regions of Africa. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Nubian Flapshell Turtle is classified as Endangered. It faces numerous threats such as habitat loss, pollution, and illegal wildlife trade.

NU team meeting with the LCV Chairperson, Obongi District

During the study, NatureUganda engaged key district officials including the Chief Administrative Officers, the District LCV Chairpersons, the District Natural resources Officers and the District Environmental Officers among others. By collaborating closely with local leaders, NatureUganda aims to foster a shared understanding of the importance of protecting such species.

To gain valuable insights and gather community perspectives, the team visited six communities along River Nile within Obongi District. This allowed them to understand the local dynamics, assess the community’s relationship with the Nubian Flapshell Turtle, and explore potential avenues for conservation efforts. During the study, it became evident that the Nubian Flapshell Turtle faces numerous threats, primarily due to its use as a food source and for medicinal purposes. This unsustainable exploitation poses a serious risk to the long-term survival of the species hence the need to raise awareness among the local communities, emphasizing the importance of sustainable practices and the conservation of this specie.

NU team together with community members during the consultative meetings in Obongi district

By designating a dedicated area, the turtle’s natural habitat can be preserved, ensuring a long-term survival of the species. Furthermore, such a conservation area can serve as an educational hub, raising awareness about the importance of biodiversity conservation among local communities and visitors alike hence contributing to the overall ecological balance of the region.