More than 100,000 endangered baby turtles were released on Dec 16 into a river in the the Bolivian Amazon. The goal is to repopulate River Itenez with the small turtles, which can measure up to one meter (3.2 feet), weigh up to 70 kilos (154 pounds) and live for up to 100 years.
To date 10 million baby turtles have been released back into River Itenez, near the border with Brazil. River turtles inhabiting the rivers of the Bolivian Amazon are endangered due to the high demand for their meat and eggs, which are high in protein. They play an important role in the ecosystem as they help to reforest flooded forests by digesting food, which help to clean the rivers.