Karachi, September 21, 2016 (PPI-OT): The Government of Sindh, Wildlife Department has clarified with reference to the news circulated in social, print and electronic media regarding mortality of several black spotted turtle released in Kaller Lake District Sukkur.
Mr. Saeed Akhtar Balouch, Conservator Wildlife while talking to media informed that there was no evidence found of such high level mortality of black pond turtle at Kaller lake during his visit on 20-9-2016 as reported in electronic media late night of same day, whereas he has spent a whole day on the spot and checked the suitability of the lake personally and also met the surrounding community.
Mr. Balouch further informed to the media that the place choose for turtle release i.e. Kaller lake, District Sukkur is found as most suitable habitat as the Black Pond turtles commonly found in the quite shallow often stagnant waters of river, streams, marshes, pond, lakes and irrigation canals. The Kaller lake is feed directly from Indus River. He further added that about 218 black pond turtles were also released in the same lake in 2014 as repatriated from China as mandatory being smuggled from Pakistan and the same are enjoying their free life in the same lake.
The field staffs has already been deployed with strict instructions to provide maximum protection to the released turtles and indication sign boards are placed at the lake for information or in case of any mishap, contact Nos, are also mentioned on the boards.
For more information, contact:
Information and Archives Department
Directorate of Press Information
Government of Sindh
95-Sindh Secretariat 4-B, Karachi
Tel: +92-21-99204423, +92-21-99204401