Save the Manning River Turtle
Posted by: Wingham Akoostik Festival | On: August 26, 2018
Will you help us save the Manning River Turtle? …it isn’t found anywhere else on Earth!
The Manning River turtle is distinguished from other species by its yellow markings on the neck, carapace and tail. This striking turtle is endemic to the mid-north coast of New South Wales (NSW) and is restricted to the middle and upper stretches of the Manning River catchment area – it isn’t found anywhere else on Earth!
Peter Schouten AM, who in 2016 became a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to wildlife illustration and the preservation and documentation of national history, says the Manning River turtle is more than 55 million years old and is perhaps the oldest turtle in Australia.
“It’s much, much more ancient than the Bellinger turtle. It’s actually a living fossil,” Peter said. (Driscoll, Wingham Chronicle, March 1, 2017, C.Latta, AFTCRA, 2011 )