• Testudo kleinmanni

    Kleinmann's tortoise (Testudo kleinmanni), often called Egyptian tortoise and occasionally Leith's tortoise, is a critically endangered tortoise.

    Once found in Egypt and Libya, their habitat in Egypt has been all but destroyed, and Egyptian tortoises are close to complete extinction there. Two populations can still be found in Libya, but much of the coastline habitat has been destroyed because of human activity. Habitat loss and the illegal pet trade are huge issues facing the species; it is also hunted locally for use infolk medicine. Their population is still on the decline, and the risk of extinction in the wild is very real if habitat degradation and illegal trade continue at their present rate.

    On the IUCN Redlist, Kleinmann's tortoise is classified as CR A2abcd+3d. Less than three Testudo generations ago, an estimated 55-56.000 adult Kleinmann's tortoises existed. Today, about 7.500 remain, and decline due to habitat destruction and unsustainable exploitation appears to be ongoing. While the former threat is believed to be alleviated, illegal pet trade is feared to have reduced the population to maybe 1.000 adult tortoises in the two or three remaining subpopulations. Given that T. kleinmanni is a slow-maturing, long-lived species with few offspring. This is well possibly less than the minimum viable population, eventually dooming the species to extinction in the wild.

  • Mauremys annamensis

    The Vietnamese pond turtle or Annam leaf turtle (Mauremys annamensis) is a species of turtle in the family Geoemydidae.

    Endemic to a small area in central Vietnam, it was reportedly abundant in the 1930s, but all field surveys after 1941 had failed to locate any individuals in the wild. As it was occasionally seen traded as food, it was not yet extinct in the wild however. In 2006, a wild population of M. annamensis was found near Hội An in Quảng Nam Province. Despite its rarity, specimens have been observed for sale in China and Hong Kong, and have been illicitly imported into the USA.

    A small number are being captive-bred on Hainan Island in southern China, as well as at the Cuc Phuong Turtle Conservation Center located in Cúc Phương National Park in northern Vietnam. The species is nonetheless close to extinction in the wild, as illegal hunting seems to continue.

  • Shinisaurus crocodilurus

    The Chinese crocodile lizard (Shinisaurus crocodilurus) is a semiaquatic lizard found only in cool forests in the Hunan, Guangxi and Guizhou Provinces of China, and the Quảng Ninh Province in Vietnam.

    A 2008 study estimated 950 crocodile lizards left in China. Fewer than 200 specimens are left in North Vietnam and until 2013, most of the population in Vietnam had been caught for sale in South China. (Guangxi province). Habitat loss is the main threat to the species. Before it became a CITES protected species, it was occasionally imported for the pet trade, which also contributed to its population decline. In 2014, it was granted an IUCN Red List status of endangered (EN), based on severe habitat fragmentation and population declines.