Star tortoises released in Minsontaung sanctuary

Star tortoises released in Minsontaung sanctuary online casino no limit roulette Papenburg Some 300 star tortoises rescued from the illegal wildlife trade were soft released last month in the Minsontaung Wildlife Sanctuary in Mandalay Region.

small ball poker The tortoises, aged between three and five years, were sent to the sanctuary on February 18 and will be acclimatised in a bamboo enclosure in natural habitat for a year before they are introduced to a larger area. The star tortoise, native to Myanmar, is functionally extinct in nature, according to a survey conducted from 1999 to 2001, but its numbers in captivity now effectively guarantee the species’ survival.

playnow casino Granite City Since 2001, the forest department has rehabilitated tortoises rescued from the illegal wildlife trade under a conservation program and the species captive population has increased to about 10,000.

7 clans casino The conservation program is coordinated by the Nature and Wildlife Conservation Division under the Forest Department, Wildlife Conservation Society and Turtle Survival Alliance.

The tortoises are rehabilitated at three sanctuaries —  Minsontaung, Lawka Nandar and Shwe Settaw.

However, Kalyar Platt, director of Turtle Survival Alliance, said theft by exotic pet traders has reduced the number of star tortoises at the sanctuaries.

She said only 54 percent of the tortoises that were released in 2013 and 2014 remain in the sanctuaries.

“The survival of star tortoise mainly depends on people’s attitudes,” Kalyar Platt told The Myanmar Times.

The main objective of the conservation program is to reintroduce them to the wild, she said.

“Only then will the ecosystem reap beneficial effects,” she added.