Optimal-Rearing Density for Head-Starting Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas Linnaeus, 1758)

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The green turtle (Chelonia mydas Linnaeus, 1758) is listed as globally endangered and protected by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), on the Red List, and by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) under Appendix I. However, the survival rate of this species is still poor. The findings from this study could be used to improve the head-starting programs of green turtles in the government sector, as well as in the public displays in zoos or aquaria, ultimately enhancing or augmenting wild population of green turtles worldwide.

Keywords: captivity , digestive enzyme , ex situ conservation , feces , health


Phuket Marine Biological Center , Department of Applied Science Prince of Songkla University