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

ေရႊစက္ေတာ္တြင္ ယမန္ႏွစ္က ျခံေလွာင္လႊတ္ေပးခဲ့ေသာ ၾကယ္လိပ္ အေကာင္ ၁၅၀ ကို ယေန႕ ဂ်ဴလိုင္လ ၁၈ ရက္မွာ ၁ႏွစ္တိတိျပည့္သြားခ်ိန္တြင္ ၿခံဖြင့္လႊတ္ေပး

By | 2017-07-25T12:34:50+00:00 July 25th, 2017|Reptiles, TSA, WCS Myanmar|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