3rd Tortoise Festival

Date: February 23, 2015

Hajong Lake Assam Olive Ridley Orissa

Assam organised 3rd Tortoise Festival 

3rd Tortoise Festival was organised on the banks of Hajong Lake in Assam by Dima Hasao Environment and Forest Department. The major objective of this celebration is to create awareness among the villagers of of Hajong Lake area regarding the safety of the endangered tortoise species available in the area. Hajong Lake is also known as the tortoise lake. It is a natural habitat of the few unique tortoise i.e. hill terrapins.
It is situated 80 kilometres north of Haflong in the remote Dima Hasao district. Hajong Lake is the only natural tortoise habitat in Assam, where some endangered species of tide-water tortoise of north-east India are still living.
It is facing a hostile condition due to ever-growing human intervention in their habitats and at present, there are around 400 to 500 tortoises dwelling in this Lake.

Additional Information-

'Operation Kachhapa’ is a conservation programme of the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle in Orissa.