Rare Manning River Turtle endangered

Julia Driscoll
By Julia Driscoll
Updated March 7 2017 - 10:37pm, first published February 24 2017 - 7:00am
Living fossil: Juvenile Manning River Turtle. Note the two small 'barbels' beneath the chin and the yellow strips on the face and neck - combined they are an indentifying feature of the turtle. Photo: Gary Stephenson.

Alarm bells are ringing for the future of a rare and endangered turtle that is found only in the upper and middle tributaries of the Manning River.

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Julia Driscoll

Julia Driscoll

Journalist

Julia Driscoll has worked as a journalist for the Wingham Chronicle and Manning River Times for seven years. She values the deep connection with community that being a rural and regional journalist brings. Career highlights have involved environmental stories - bringing the plight of the little known endangered Manning River helmeted turtle to the attention of the public, resulting in wide-spread knowledge in the community and conservation action; and breaking the news of the Manning River ceasing to run for the first time in recorded history.