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Behler Turtle Conservation Award- Relevance for UPSC Exam

  • GS Paper 3: Environment: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation.

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Behler Turtle Conservation Award- Context

  • Recently, Indian biologist Shailendra Singh has been awarded the Behler Turtle Conservation Award for bringing three critically endangered turtle conservation species back from the brink of extinction.
  • Shailendra Singh’s work has been recognized for ‘being the last hope for the wild survival’ of some species of turtles in India like-
    • Red-crowned Roofed Turtle (Batagur kachuga),
    • Northern River Terrapin (Batagur baska), and
    • Black Softshell Turtle (Nilssonia nigricans)

Dibru­ Saikhowa National Park


Behler Turtle Conservation Award– Key Points

  • About: The Behler Turtle Conservation Award is a major annual international award honoring excellence in the field of the tortoise and freshwater turtle conservation and biology, and leadership in the chelonian conservation and biology community.
    • The award was established by Anders Rhodin and Rick Hudson in 2006 to honor the legacy of turtle conservationist John Behler (1943-2006).
    • It is considered the “Nobel Prize” of Turtle Conservation.
  • Presenters of the Award: The Behler Turtle Conservation award is co-presented by
    • The Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA),
    • The IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group (TFTSG),
    • The Turtle Conservancy (TC), and
    • The Turtle Conservation Fund (TCF)
  • The Behler Turtle Conservation Award includes a $5000 which reflects its increasing prestige and profile.

World Social Protection Report 2020-22


About three Critically Endangered Turtle Species

  • Red-crowned Roofed Turtle: It is also called the Bengal roof turtle. It is a freshwater turtle endemic to South Asia.
  • Northern River Terrapin: It is a species of riverine turtle native to Southeast Asia and considered extinct in much of its former range.
  • Black Softshell Turtle: It is a species of freshwater turtle found in India (Assam) and Bangladesh. It shares some degree of similarity with the Indian peacock softshell.


State Animal and State Bird of Ladakh

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