Thousands of baby turtles released in Peru

Updated at 2:03 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26:

Rebecca O’Mara of the Charles Darwin Foundation says tens of thousands of river turtles were released in Paracas, Peru, during a worldwide program to rescue at-risk reptiles. About 1,500 males and 300 females were released on Tuesday, O’Mara said.

Ahead of the release, scientists had said about 1,000 baby river turtles are being released Tuesday at 3 p.m. EDT.

A release of baby river turtles in the Alianza Martiri Iquique, Peru, is part of a worldwide program to release at-risk reptiles. According to the Charles Darwin Foundation: “The Alianza Martiri Iquique as a result of a previous release of feral river turtles to the Alianza Martiri is a haven for the River Jeste’s turtles. The turtles inhabit the waters in the area, which is almost completely free of nests due to several years of heavy rains, and the local people protect the turtles from becoming entangled in the looms for clothing production. Due to the conservation efforts by the local people, the turtle population in the Alianza Martiri has increased from 1 in 2004 to close to 4,000 today.”

This image released by the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) shows thousands of baby river turtles being released during a worldwide program to rescue at-risk reptiles. (CDF via AP)

A photograph released by the Charles Darwin Foundation shows thousands of baby river turtles being released during a worldwide program to rescue at-risk reptiles. (CDF via AP)

A photograph released by the Charles Darwin Foundation shows thousands of baby river turtles being released during a worldwide program to rescue at-risk reptiles. (CDF via AP)

A photograph released by the Charles Darwin Foundation shows thousands of baby river turtles being released during a worldwide program to rescue at-risk reptiles. (CDF via AP)

A photograph released by the Charles Darwin Foundation shows thousands of baby river turtles being released during a worldwide program to rescue at-risk reptiles. (CDF via AP)

A photograph released by the Charles Darwin Foundation shows thousands of baby river turtles being released during a worldwide program to rescue at-risk reptiles. (CDF via AP)

A photograph released by the Charles Darwin Foundation shows thousands of baby river turtles being released during a worldwide program to rescue at-risk reptiles. (CDF via AP)

A photograph released by the Charles Darwin Foundation shows thousands of baby river turtles being released during a worldwide program to rescue at-risk reptiles. (CDF via AP)

A photograph released by the Charles Darwin Foundation shows thousands of baby river turtles being released during a worldwide program to rescue at-risk reptiles. (CDF via AP)

An image released by the Charles Darwin Foundation shows thousands of baby river turtles being released during a worldwide program to rescue at-risk reptiles. (CDF via AP)

An image released by the Charles Darwin Foundation shows thousands of baby river turtles being released during a worldwide program to rescue at-risk reptiles. (CDF via AP)

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