Pig-nosed turtles are a protected species in Indonesia but in spite of that protection, smuggling still occurs in high numbers. The number of pig-nosed turtles has decreased by more than 50% in the past 20 years. Because of the high smuggling rate, it is difficult to say exactly how many turtles there are left. In 2010 alone, 11,000 pig-nosed turtles were recovered from smugglers and released into their natural habitat. In 2009, over 10,000 pig-nosed turtles were released into their natural habitat after being recovered from smugglers.
In 2005, there were thought to be 3000 Australian pig-nosed turtles in the world. They are listed as “Vulnerable” on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Redlist. Their numbers are declining due to habitat loss, food consumption, and the pet trade.
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