Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium adds endangered turtle to display

Chiang Mai Zoo

The Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium has unveiled its newest addition, a 130 kilogram softshell Burmese Chitra turtle.

Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium today announced the arrival of its latest member, Sumo, a century old Burmese Chitra turtle. The female turtle weighs over 130 kilograms and is 1.5 meters in length with the ability to extend its neck a full meter to breath above water. Marinescape Thailand Ltd Board President Roj Tuwonlin, the aquarium administrator, stated that the Burmese Chitra turtle is currently endangered and can no longer be found in the wild. Its addition to the zoo will allow members of the public to view and study the now rare creature.

The turtle is well known for its distinct and detailed patterns resembling pagodas found along its shell and neck.

The unveiling coincides with the opening of a new underwater show soon to take place during the next tourist season. World class synchronized swimmers from Kazakhstan will be performing at the zoo every weekend. (NNT)