Vultures or Magnificent Clean Flyers

As The Myanmar literature itself is now more than 1000 years old, it is no wonder that the language is rich in proverbs, maxims and sayings. As a rule, Myanmar people tend to illustrate many sayings and proverbs in their daily conversation, and these customs have been handed down from generation to generation in Myanmar. [...]

New hope for the Critically Endangered Burmese Roofed Turtle

Last weekend we returned to Yangon after spending almost two months at the WCS/TSA Base camp (Camp Batagur) in Limpha Village, a remote hamlet on the Chindwin River. Our mission was to collect eggs from the Critically Endangered Burmese Roofed Turtle (Batagur trivittata). Less than five females remain in the wild (and probably fewer males) [...]

By | 2017-07-05T15:19:48+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Upper Chindwin, Reptiles, WCS Myanmar|0 Comments

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

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" [...]

New Burmese Roofed Turtle assurance colony established

The WCS/TSA Turtle Team recently established a third Burmese Roofed Turtle (Batagur trivittata) assurance colony at an outpost of the Htamanthi Wildlife Sanctuary in the riverside hamlet of Htamanthi, Myanmar. With less than 10 adults remaining in the wild, the Burmese Roofed Turtle is considered the second-most endangered species of turtle in the world. Two [...]

By | 2017-05-19T09:58:11+00:00 March 11th, 2016|Landscape, News Blogs, Upper Chindwin, Wildlife, Reptiles, WCS Myanmar|1 Comment

Burmese roofed turtles return to the wild

Kalyar Platt (TSA Myanmar) and I returned to Yangon this week after spending two and a half months undertaking what can only be described as one of the most rewarding experiences of our professional careers – the reintroduction of 60 head-started Burmese Roofed Turtles (Batagur trivittata) into two rivers in western Myanmar. For me, it [...]

Burmese Roofed Turtles Return Home

In 2007, Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society-Myanmar Program (WCS), launched an ambitious program to rescue the endemic Burmese Roofed Turtle (Batagur trivittata) from the brink of extinction. Considered the second-most critically endangered turtle in the world, the remaining wild Burmese Roofed Turtles are confined to a remote stretch of [...]

By | 2017-05-19T09:58:12+00:00 January 29th, 2015|Landscape, News Blogs, Upper Chindwin, Wildlife, Reptiles, TSA, WCS Myanmar|0 Comments