According to SELVA International, about 42% of all turtles are threatened with extinction! There is a great movement to help sea turtles, but freshwater turtles are at risk, too. SELVA International says,
Turtles play important roles in nutrient cycling; they are important dispersers of seeds in riverine forests, and they are sources of food for other animals. Their extinction could cause the environment to degrade in serious ways we cannot predict.The Giant Amazon River Turtle used to be found in the thousands in the Amazon, but now they are a rare sighting and continue to be hunted! River turtles are also affected by climate change with nests being flooded before the turtles have a chance to hatch.
SELVA International works specifically in Bolivia to educate both local people and the world about the importance of saving the turtle population.