About 70 hatchlings of the rare Black Softshell and Indian Softshell turtles bred in the ponds of two temples in Assam were on released in the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, about 50 km east of Guwahati.
Freshwater turtles are very important for maonitaining balance in the ecosystem. They are involved in seed dispersal, pest eradication and other activities that makes their role significant.
Assam is the most species-rich State in India in terms of turtle diversity. It is home to 20 species of freshwater turtles and tortoises out of 29 species found in India. But, 80% of these species are threatened with extinction
The Black softshell turtles are classified as endangered in India. They are declared as extinct in wild.