by Jordan Gray  A newly released report by the TSA and fellow turtle conservation organizations, collectively known as the Turtle Conservation Coalition, entitled “Turtles in Trouble: The World’s 25+ Most Endangered Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles – 2018” shows that tortoises and freshwater turtles are facing an almost unparalleled extinction crisis. This report indicates that over 50%…

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by Jordan Gray  Burmese Star Tortoise (Geochelone platynota) Countries of Origin: Myanmar IUCN Status: Critically Endangered Estimated surviving population: 14,000+ in assurance colonies and in situ sanctuaries. Habitat: Grasslands, scrub forest, and dry forests of the Central Dry Zone of Myanmar, also known as the Irrawaddy Dry Forests. Habits: Burmese Star Tortoises are most active in the early morning and late afternoon hours…

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By Jordan Gray and Kalyar Platt The TSA, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and Myanmar Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation’s collaborative reintroduction of the critically endangered Burmese Star Tortoise (Geochelone platynota) into the wilds of Myanmar is developing into one of the great conservation success stories of our time. Burmese Star Tortoises patrol their…

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by Rick Hudson  On May 14, a ceremony was held to dedicate the expansion of the Turtle Rescue Center (TRC) near May Myo. Organized by the TSA and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and attended by more than 80 Forest Department officials and workers, policemen and border inspectors, the event was highlight by a ceremonial passing of…

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by Admin  Two suspects have been arrested in Thailand in connection with the sale of critically endangered Burmese star tortoises on Facebook, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA). Seven tortoises were confiscated from the home of one of the suspects upon his arrest on December 22 in Khon Khaen Province, in…

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by Heather Lowe  The Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) is pleased to announce that the 10th Annual John L. Behler Turtle Conservation Award was presented to Kalyar Platt (TSA Turtle Conservation Coordinator, Myanmar) at the 13th Annual Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles in Tucson, Arizona on August 9. Kalyar is the…

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by Steve and Kalyar Platt  Another milestone was reached this month in our efforts, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society, to reestablish a population of wild Burmese star tortoises (Geochelone platynota) in Myanmar. On 4 January 2015 at a wildlife sanctuary in central Myanmar, 300 captive-bred and headstarted subadult tortoises (3-5 years old) were moved…

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by Heather Lowe  From January 2009 to September 2010, TSA teams worked in Myanmar to develop concepts and designs for new breeding facilities for key chelonian program species. Building plans and budgets for new turtle and tortoise facilities were finalized in September 2010 and construction got underway shortly thereafter. Members of the TSA Board of Directors visited…

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by Henk Zwartepoorte  Over the past few years in Hong Kong, large numbers of illegally imported and/or traded turtles have been confiscated. On one hand, these confiscations are a good sign of effective law enforcement, but on the other hand it indicates that the mass illegal trade in Asia is on-going. The CITES Hong Kong authorities,…

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Kalyar Platt, TSA’s new Turtle Conservation Coordinator in Myanmar has hit the ground running since starting in her position last month. Charged with overseeing the continued construction of multiple turtle facilities, she conducted site visits last week to evaluate the progress and make recommendations. The first was at the Lawkananda Wildlife Sanctuary, the most successful…

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