Population of rare star tortoises rises to 15,000

Population of rare star tortoises rises to 15,000

christmas eve slot machine The number of rare Myanmar star tortoises – which were close to extinction – has swelled to about 15,000 in forest reserves because of careful nurturing, said Daw Kalyar Platt, director of Turtle Survival Alliance-Myanmar.

slotty vegas usa pervasively A star tortoise can fetch up to K500,000 on the illegal market. In 2001, star tortoises were recovered from a truck involved in the illegal wildlife trade at the border with China.

amazon priligy Cabot Under a conservation programme, the recovered tortoises were placed in Shwe Sat Taw, Min Zone Taung, and Lawkananda sanctuaries, and Yadanabon Zoological Garden in Mandalay. The tortoise population, which had been on the verge of extinction, has risen ever since.

Tomaszów Mazowiecki luckyland casino slots “They had a narrow escape. As prices for star tortoises were high, many people, including children, tried to capture them. But, selling them is illegal. That’s why sellers get very low prices. Children dropped out of school to hunt for tortoises, causing lower education rates and social status in poor communities. According to the figures, up to 250 tonnes of tortoises were sent to China a year,” said Daw Kalyar Platt. Tortoises seized at the border were sent to and taken care of at rescue camps; if they recovered, they were released in their natural habitat after examining carefully and marking them. As they have few natural predators, the tortoise survival rate is 97.5 percent, but they are at risk of extinction due to human beings. Their shells make good material for handicrafts, so various methods are being tried to conserve the tortoises, she said.

ivermectin canada buy “We tell those who live near the sanctuaries that the tortoises have guardian Nat (spirits), so do not to hunt or kill them. We appoint some residents to take care of them. They know even if a stranger comes to the village. It is more effective if villagers control each other. But more than 100 tortoises have been stolen in the past five years,” said Daw Kalyar Platt.

Public knowledge is important for tortoise conservation. People make soup of parrot-beaked tortoises because they look like animals in mythology and people believe they have magical power. People also like tortoise-fighting because they fight until one dies. A thousand parrot-beaked tortoises crammed into small boxes were seized in Tachileik, near the Thai border, but many died, she said.

Tortoises rank No. 1 in the illegal wildlife trade. Myanmar star tortoises can be conserved although there are many obstacles. For now, they are safe from extinction, and the conservation work has good momentum, said Daw Lay Lay Khine, administrator of Min Zon Taung wildlife sanctuary.

“Min Zone Taung has more than 5500 acres of forest. We freed 1050 tortoises during 2013-2018. We are now studying to free them in Chat Thin sanctuary. There are 13 villages around Min Zone Taung. People in at least two villages rely on the forest for their livelihoods, including by stealing turtles, because they are poor and have to make a living.  Other villagers return the turtles to the office,” said Daw Lay Lay Khine.

There are 10 sanctuaries and tortoise-protection camps, including Ban Bway village, about 20 miles from Pyin Oo Lwin. As state funding is limited for the camps, assistance provided by nongovernmental organisations is important. Medical examination of a single tortoise costs thousands of dollars; even one transmitter to track them costs US$200, she said.

There are 26 species of land and freshwater turtles in Myanmar, 12 of which face extinction. The Burmese roofed turtle is the second rarest type. Although they had been assumed to be extinct, five females and three males of the species were found about 20 miles from Hkamti along the Chindwin River in Sagaing Region, and preserving them has produced 250 more, including 150 at Yangon Zoological Garden, Daw Kalyar Platt said.

“We haven’t succeeded in changing people’s attitude. When we saw two rare turtles at a pagoda, we asked if we could take them for reproduction, but they told us they were born as animals because of misdeeds in their past lives, so why did we want to breed them? Keeping turtles where they can’t survive, far from the beaches where they lay their eggs, is torture for these creatures,” she said.
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