In Assam, Environment and Forest Department of Dima Hasao district had organised the third Tortoise Festival at Hajong Lake to create awareness among the people on the endangered tortoise species. During the day-long festival on Saturday, various activities were performed to save the endangered species.
Hajong Lake is a unique tortoise habitat situated around 300kilometres away from Guwahati and is the only natural tortoise home in Assam.
Popularly known as the tortoise lake the Hajong Lake is a natural habitat of the few varieties of Hill Terrapins .They are considered to be of rare species. Around 400 to 500 tortoises are dwelling in the Hajong Lake at present.
Scholars from Bombay Natural Science Society have already visited the place for the study on these Hill Terrapins. They are now planning to save these rare species with the help of villagers and local leaders.