26 September 2012 — The Mekong Turtle Conservation Centre, a Cambodian turtle headstarting and ecotourism facility, has launched a website to attract international tourists to its ecotourism work. The centre is part of the on-going program to conserve the last known viable wild population of endangered Canto’s softshell turtle (Pelochelys cantorii) in the Kratie province section of the Mekong River. The centre houses a proportion of head-started softshell turtle hatchlings gathered from a community-led turtle nest program established in 2007. The nest protection program has already yielded more than 2000 offspring through engaging the local community in the conservation. The centre also functions as an ecotourism project to raise awareness of turtle conservation in Cambodia. Proceeds from ecotourism are used to maintain the centre and the nest protection program – managed by the monks of the 100 Pillar Pagoda.