Reptiles conservation in Myanmar

Tortoises Four species of tortoises are known to occur in Myanmar: Geochelone platynota, Manouria emys, Manouria impressa, and Indotestudo elongata. Of these, all are threatened to some extent by a combination of subsistence and commercial harvesting, over-collection for the pet trade, and to a lesser extent, habitat destruction. Conversion of natural vegetation to agricultural land [...]

By | 2017-05-19T09:58:13+00:00 January 12th, 2014|Wildlife, Reptiles|0 Comments

ဧရာ၀တီတိုိင္းရွိ ေက်းရြာေပါင္း(၇၀)ခန္႔တြင္ ရွားပါးႀကိဳးၾကာငွက္ႏွင့္ ဇီ၀မ်ဳိးစုံမ်ဳိးကြဲမ်ား ထိန္းသိမ္းေရးေဟာေျပာမည္

ဧရာ၀တီတိုင္းေဒသႀကီး၏ ၿမိဳ႕နယ္(၄)ၿမိဳ႕နယ္အတြင္းမွ ေက်းရြာေပါင္း (၇၀)ခန္႔တြင္ ရွားပါးႀကိဳးၾကာငွက္ႏွင့္ ဇီ၀မ်ဳိးစုံမ်ဳိးကြဲမ်ား ထိန္းသိမ္းေရးေဟာေျပာမူမ်ား ျပဳလုုပ္သြားမည္ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္းသတင္းရရွိသည္။ ဧရာ၀တီတုိင္းေဒသႀကီး၏ မအူပင္ၿမိဳ႕နယ္၊ ပန္းတေနာ္ၿမိဳ႕နယ္၊ ၀ါးခယ္မၿမိဳ႕နယ္ႏွင့္ အိမ္မဲၿမိဳ႕ နယ္ စေသာ ၿမိဳ႕နယ္အတြင္းရွိ ေက်းရြာေပါင္း ၇၀ခန္႔တြင္ သစ္ေတာဦးစီဌာန၊ မိန္းမလွကၽြန္းေတာရိုင္းတိရစာၦန္ ေဘးမဲ့ေတာက တာ၀န္ရွိသူမ်ား၊ မအူပင္တကၠသိုလ္၊ စိုက္ပ်ဳိးေရးဌာန၊ အေထြေထြအုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရးဦးစီဌာန ႏွင့္ သားငွက္ထိန္းသိမ္းေရးအဖြဲ႕ (ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံအစီအစဥ္)တိုိ႔ ပူးေပါင္း၍ ယင္းေဒသတြင္ ပ်ံႏွံေနထုိင္ၾကေသာ ႀကိဳးၾကာငွက္မ်ားႏွင့္ ဇီ၀မ်ဳိးစုံမ်ဳိးကြဲမ်ား ထိန္းသိမ္းနုိင္ေရး ေဟာေျပာသြားမည္ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း မိန္းမလွကၽြန္းေတာရိုင္းတိရစာၦန္ေဘးမဲ့ေတာ အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရးမွဴးဦးေဇာ္ထူးေအာင္က ေျပာသည္။ “သူတိုိ႔က်င္လည္က်က္စားတဲ့ ေက်းရြာအနီးပတ္၀န္းက်င္ကို ကၽြန္ေတာ္တို႔ကထိန္းသိမ္းေရးေတြမွာ သူတို႔ကိုယ္တိုိင္ပါ၀င္လာဖို႔ အသိပညာေပးေဟာေျပာဖို႔ ရွိပါတယ္။ ဇီ၀မ်ဳိးစုံမ်ဳိးကြဲေတြ ထိန္းသိမ္းကာကြယ္တာနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး ေဒသခံျပည္သူေတြ အသိပညာတိုးလာေအာင္ ဘာေၾကာင့္ ကာကြယ္ရတယ္၊ ဘယ္လိုဥပေဒေ တြနဲ႔ ကာကြယ္ထားတယ္။ဥပေဒအရ ဘယ္လိုကာကြယ္ထားသလဲဆိုရာမွာ [...]

By | 2017-07-17T12:12:54+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Upper Ayeyawady, Birds, Reptiles, 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

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

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 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

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

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 [...]

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