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Turtle Size Matters

The maximum body size of Elongated tortoise (Indotestudo elongata) is relevant from evolutionary and ecological perspectives, and knowledge of upper asymptotic size is a necessary prerequisite for understanding patterns of growth (Platt and Rainwater 2015. Herpetol. Rev. 46:31–33 and references therein). Indotestudo elongata is a medium-sized tortoise occurring from Nepal and northeastern India, east through [...]

By | 2017-05-19T09:58:11+00:00 October 6th, 2016|Landscape, Lower Chindwin, News Blogs, Wildlife, Reptiles, WCS Myanmar|0 Comments

Securing marine fisheries, livelihoods and biodiversity in Myanmar through co-management

Myanmar’s marine resources have long provided sustenance to its coastal people. Over 25,000 small-scale fishing vessels are registered to fish its coastline and nearly half of the country’s population lives in coastal states and regions. Despite fisheries’ importance, Myanmar has limited capacity for sustainable management. This overexploitation has resulted in drastic declines of stocks; a [...]

By | 2016-09-24T19:01:53+00:00 September 24th, 2016|Landscape, News Blogs, Rakhine Coast, Wildlife, Fishes, WCS Myanmar|0 Comments

DNA testing challenges traditional species classification

Myanmar (20/06/16) - Experts from (WCS) Wildlife Conservation Society and the National University of Singapore (NUS) have made a surprising discovery that could subvert the significance of traditional criteria used for species classification. Employing novel techniques to retrieve DNA sequences from thousands of genomic locations, the researchers were able to uncover an unusual case of [...]

By | 2017-05-19T09:58:11+00:00 June 24th, 2016|News Blogs, Wildlife, Ayeyawady River, Birds, WCS Myanmar|0 Comments

President U Htin Kyaw warns against illegal wildlife poaching

While attending the World Environment Day ceremony in Nay Pyi Taw on June 6, President U Htin Kyaw warned bystanders of the Conservation Department “You must take action to stop it. You really need to do it.” “Wildlife poaching and smuggling could damage the ecosystem and fuel gang crimes,” the president said. “Until the past [...]

By | 2017-05-19T09:58:11+00:00 June 19th, 2016|News Blogs, Wildlife Trade|0 Comments

Myanmar targets closure of notorious wildlife trade hub on Chinese border

7 June 2016: Myanmar authorities plan to shut down a notorious border town where exotic animal parts are sold openly, an official said on Tuesday, as Southeast Asia struggles to stem a billion-dollar wildlife trade fuelled by Chinese demand. Mong La, a lawless border town located in rebel-held territory in Myanmar’s Shan state, is a [...]

By | 2016-06-18T02:46:14+00:00 June 18th, 2016|News Blogs, Wildlife Trade|0 Comments

Dolphins, Our River Allies

In the waters of the Irrawaddy river, traditional fishermen and wild dolphins work in harmony to fish. Will the threats facing the river allow this traditional relationship to survive? Listed in Appendix I of CITES, and listed as vulnerable by the IUCN, the Irrawaddy dolphin persists in fragmented populations across its range countries. Photo: [...]

By | 2017-05-19T09:58:11+00:00 June 6th, 2016|News Blogs, Wildlife, Ayeyawady River, Fishes, Mammals, WCS Myanmar|0 Comments

Successful nesting for the endangered Myanmar Roofed Turtle

With the demise of Lonesome George (Chelonoidis nigra), the Burmese Roofed Turtle (Batagur trivittata) now has the dubious honor of being among the most endangered turtles in the world - first place on "extinction row" belongs to the Giant Chinese Softshell Turtle – Rafetus swinhoei; only three are known to survive. Officially, "less than 10" [...]

Burmese Peacock Softshell Turtle

The Burmese Peacock Softshell Turtle (Nilssonia formosa), endemic to the Ayeyarwady, Sittaung, and Thanlwin rivers in Myanmar, is one of the least-studied and most enigmatic of Asian trionychids. WCS and Turtle Survival have recently examined 14 neonate N. formosa at the Yadanabon Zoological Gardens in Mandalay, Myanmar. Although virtually nothing is known regarding reproduction in [...]