The Long-necked turtle Chelodina mccordi is critically endangered under the IUCN red list criteria. The Timor-Leste subspecies (Chelodina mccordi timorensis) is restricted to a small area of lacustrine habitat near the eastern tip of Timor in the Lake Iralalaro, Lautém District.
The Projetu Lenuk Lorosa’e aims to collect vital information about the biology of C. mccordi for future research and management actions, while bringing awareness about the status of this species at a local and national level. Data was collected during two surveys along the Lake Iralalaro (Nino Konis Santana National Park).
During this first phase we (1) raised awareness about the Critically Endangered status of C. mccordi in local communities; (2) provided environmental educational materials for teachers locally (3) collected essential data to initiate a long term monitoring project that can be continued by the community and park staff; and (4) trained park rangers and national students that can potentially continue their studies researching this species.