The Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) is the most endangered turtle in the world. There are only four known specimens of the species that remain: three in captivity and one in the wild.
The Yangtze Soft Shell Turtle, or Swinhoe’s Turtle, has not only been named the most endangered turtle in the world but also the most endangered animal. Only one known female member of the species remains. As of this spring, the 80 year old female was set to mate with her 100-year-old male companion at the Suzhou Zoo. The two represent the last two of their kind in captivity. Previous matings between them have been unsuccessful, however.
Jennifer Viegas of the Discovery Channel once reported that the Abingdon Island tortoise was one of the most endangered turtles in the world. At that time, there was only a single living representative of the specie left. The Turtle Conservation Fund also came out with a list of the 25 most endangered turtles in the world. The list along with snapshots of the 25 Turtles on Death Row can be found here:
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