Turtle Survival Alliance

A Challenging Year in the Fight to Save Myanmar’s Critically Endangered Turtles

By Steve and Kalyar Platt The Turtle Survival Alliance/Wildlife Conserva¬tion Society (TSA/WCS) Team faced challenges on many fronts this past year in the unrelent¬ing struggle to save the imperiled turtles and tortoises of Myanmar. Our principle efforts remain focused on spe¬cies endemic, or nearly so, to Myanmar, namely the Burmese Star Tortoise (Geochelone platyno¬ta), Burmese [...]

By | 2017-02-03T11:34:06+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|Upper Chindwin, Amphibians, Reptiles, TSA|0 Comments

Capture Arakan Forest Turtles (Heosemys depressa)

I returned to Yangon last weekend after spending two weeks with Htun Thu (WCS Myanmar Program) and our NWCD colleagues in western Rakhine State of Myanmar.  Our mission: capture Arakan Forest Turtles (Heosemys depressa) as part of a long-term radio-tracking and life-history study.  Easier said than done!  Arakan Forest Turtles are active only during the [...]

By | 2017-07-05T16:11:09+00:00 July 9th, 2017|Rakhine Coast, Reptiles, TSA, WCS Myanmar|0 Comments

An Interview with Rick Hudson,TSA Director

PERSPECTIVES IN CONSERVATION: An Interview with Rick Hudson Rick Hudson is a Conservation Biologist with the Fort Worth Zoo (Fort Worth, Texas, USA), serves as President and CEO of the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), and is Executive Director of the International Iguana Foundation (IIF). He was interviewed by Conservation Section Editor Jennifer Stabile during October [...]

By | 2017-05-22T14:50:09+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Amphibians, Reptiles, TSA|0 Comments

ျမင္းၿခံခ႐ိုင္၊ ႏြားထိုးႀကီးၿမိဳ႕နယ္၊ မင္းစံုေတာင္ေဘးမဲ႔ေတာ အတြင္းတြင္ က်င္းပေသာ (တတိယအႀကိမ္ ) ေျမာက္ ၾကယ္လိပ္အေကာင္(၃၀၀) အား သဘာဝေတာအတြင္းသို႔ ေဘးမဲ႔ ေစလႊတ္ျခင္း

By | 2017-05-19T09:58:10+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Lower Chindwin, Reptiles, TSA, WCS Myanmar|0 Comments

A Field Observation and Significant Range Extension of Manouria impressa in Myanmar

by Saw HTUN and Steven G. PLATT* Abstract Few records of the impressed tortoise (Manouria impressa) are available from Myanmar and most are based on historic accounts, old museum specimens, and shells obtained from villagers and wildlife traffickers. We herein report the observation of a living M. impressa in the Hukaung Valley Wildlife Sanctuary of northern Myanmar.Our [...]

By | 2017-05-19T09:58:10+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Amphibians, TSA, Uncategorized, WCS Myanmar|0 Comments

Notes on Melocanna baccifera and bamboo brakes in the Rakhine Hills of western Myanmar

By Steven G. Platt, Win Ko Ko, Khin Myo Myo, Lay Lay Khaing,Kalyar Platt, Aung Maung, and Thomas R. Rainwater ABSTRACT Melocanna baccifera (Trin.) is a large monopodial bamboo that forms extensive monotypic stands (known as brakes) throughout the Rakhine Hills of western Myanmar. Despite the ecological and cultural importance of bamboos in Southeast Asia, [...]

By | 2016-12-19T11:49:56+00:00 December 19th, 2016|Rakhine Yoma, Wildlife, TSA, WCS Myanmar|0 Comments

Ecology and Conservation Status of the Arakan Forest Turtle, Heosemys depressa, in Western Myanmar

Ecology and Conservation Status of the Arakan Forest Turtle, Heosemys depressa, in Western Myanmar STEVEN G. PLATT, WIN KO KO, KALYAR, MYO MYO, LAY LAY KHAING, AND THOMAS R. RAINWATER The Arakan forest turtle (Heosemys depressa) is endemic to Myanmar and is regarded as one of the world’s least known chelonians (Ernst and Barbour, 1989; van Dijk, 1993). [...]

By | 2017-05-19T09:58:10+00:00 December 14th, 2016|Rakhine Yoma, Wildlife, Amphibians, TSA, WCS Myanmar|0 Comments

Conservation Status of Freshwater Turtles in Meinmahla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary and Vicinity,Myanmar

By John Thorbjarnarson,Steven G. Platt and Saw Tun Khaing ABSTRACT We conducted a status survey of freshwater turtles in the southem Ayeyarwady Delta, Myanmar,f rom 15 January to 1F ebruary 1999. The endemic Burmese eyed-turtle (Morenia ocellata) was the only species we found. Morenia ocellata are harvested in the delta for local use and export [...]

By | 2016-12-14T11:16:46+00:00 December 12th, 2016|Wildlife, Amphibians, Ayeyawady River, TSA, WCS Myanmar|0 Comments

လိပ္ခုံးအေၾကာင္းေျပာျခင္တယ္                                         ေရး- ကုိျငမ္း (ေတာင္သာ)

လိပ္ခုးံ (TSA) မဖတ္ရေသးတဲ့ ဂ်ာနယ္ေဟာင္းေလးေတြဖတ္ျခင္တာနဲ႔  ညေနဘက္ ဆင္မလုိက္ရပ္ကြက္ ၾကည့္ျမင္တုိင္ ကမ္း နာလမ္းက မင္းမင္းၾကည္လက္ဘက္ရည္ဆုိင္ေပါက္ဝေရာက္ခါရွိေသး- လိပ္သတင္းေတြ ဂ်ာနယ္ေတြမွာ ခဏခဏပါေနပါ့လား… ဦးဝင္းကုိကုိ ကေျပာပါ သည္… ဆုိတာေတြ လည္း.. မၾကာမၾကာဖတ္ေနရျပန္တယ္လုိ႔ …ဆုိင္ပုိင္ရွင္ ကုိထြန္းေက်ာ္က ေျပာပါေတာ့တယ္။ သူ႕ေဘးမွာ  ဆ ရာဦးဥာဏ္က 7 Day Journal ဂ်ာနယ္ဖတ္ေနပီး.. ဆုိင္လုပ္သားေလတစုလဲေဘးမွာဝုိင္းထုိင္ေနၾက တာ ေတြ႕ လိုက္ရပါတယ္။ ဟုတ္ဗ်ိဳ႕… က်ေနာ္တုိ႔ Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) သားငွက္ထိန္းသိမ္းေရး ဝက္ဆုိဒ္ က သတင္းေဖၚျပထားတာေတြကုိ ဂ်ာနယ္ေတြက… က်ေနာ္တုိ႔ဆီကိုိဖုံးနဲ႔တမ်ိဳး… အီးေမးလ္နဲ႔ တဖုံ…လူကုိယ္တုိင္ လာေမးၾကတာတနည္း… အဲသလိုနည္းေတြနဲ႔ က်ေနာ္တုိ႔ျပန္ၾကားေပးေနရပါတယ္…၂ ရက္ေလာက္က ရုပ္သံ MI [...]

By | 2017-05-19T09:58:10+00:00 December 8th, 2016|Amphibians, TSA, WCS Myanmar|0 Comments