Over 4 million baby turtles protected
The population of reptiles like turtles, terrapins and tortoises, also known as chelonians, is constantly monitored by Norte Energia. A radio telemetry system monitors Arrau turtles via satellite in the Tabuleiro do Embaubal region and also yellow-spotted river turtles (terrapin species). Each animal is registered and carries a device in its shell to track and analyze its living and migration habits.
The monitoring showed that many Arrau turtles traveled great distances. They left Ilha de Marajó and the municipality of Almeirim, in Pará, and also from the mouth of the Negro River, in Amazonas, to lay their eggs in Tabuleiro do Embaubal. The yellow-spotted river turtles are residents of the Xingu region and reproduce on the beaches and embankments close to the feeding sites.
The fauna conservation and management work conducted by the Belo Monte HPP also involves the protection of baby chelonians born on the beaches of Tabuleiro do Embaubal and in Volta Grande do Xingu. Since 2011, over 5 million baby Arrau, six-tubercled Amazon River and yellow-spotted Amazon river turtles have been released into the wild.