By Dan Shapley
A turtle species so rare that experts thought for 80 years it was extinct is getting a second chance in Zoo Atlanta. The Arakan forest turtle, named for its home forest in Myanmar, was nearly hunted to extinction for its meat. The discovery of a handful of turtles in an Asian food market in the 1990s led to a worldwide effort to encourage them to breed in captivity, to ensure the ancient species survives. Last week, there was success. The two turtles at Zoo Atlanta produced a hatchling.