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Releasing crocodile in the wild

(December 13, 2017) Saltwater Crocodile or Estuarin Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) was kept in mini-Zoo for long time in Dawei since juvenile. This mini-Zoo is not suitable to keep any other animals and illegal facilities. Forest Department has been taken action since 2011 and force to shut down but some people are still visiting and 200kyat per person for entrance fees. This crocodile is about 10feet long. Forest Department and WCS Myanmar team are working together to release this crocodile near Bokepyin Township...

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WCS training and review at Rakhine Yoma Elephant Reserve (RYER)

(December 07, 2017) Main aims of this field trip were to join the Rakhine Yoma Elephant Reserve (RYER) warden in inspecting the patrol elephant team and the upgraded guard post on the Kyeintalie stream. The visit provided an opportunity to provide refresher training for existing staff and basic training for the new community guards. The park warden supervised improvements including new water management and installation of solar panels, radio and antenna mast to make the guard-post more effective. There was then a g...

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Recent births of claves to two patrol elephants

(December 07, 2017) Main aims of this field trip were to join the Rakhine Yoma Elephant Reserve (RYER) warden in inspecting the patrol elephant team and the upgraded guard post on the Kyeintalie stream. The visit provided an opportunity to provide refresher training for existing staff and basic training for the new community guards. Training with patrol teams at Kyeigarkhon Guard-post for 4 days starting form 1st - 4th December. Before the training, on 30th Nov, the team visited, with RYER warden, U San Win, to Kya...

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Building Capacities for Marine Spatial Planning in Myanmar

Building Capacities for Marine Spatial Planning in Myanmar
(December 06, 2017) During November 27 – December 1, WCS initiated training on marine spatial planning to 20 representatives of Myanmar’s inter-agency National Coastal Resource Management Committee (NCRMC). In collaboration with trainers from the GIZ-supported Blue Solutions Initiative, the training workshop introduced participants to key blue planning concepts through case studies, presentations, discussions, and participatory exercises. Co-hosted by the Department of Fisheries and Forest Department, p...

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Statements of Wildlife Conservation Society Myanmar Program on The protests of Indigenous people and local communities on Hkakabo Razi National Park Southern Extension Establishment and Hkakabo Razi Landscape World Heritage Nomination Process

(October 29, 2017) • Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has actively collaborated with Forest Department and UNESCO for the World Heritage Site nomination process for Hkakabo Razi Landscape. As the world heritage process is lengthy and complex, WCS has sympathized with indigenous peoples and local communities on their worries and concerns for the potential negative impacts on customary land tenure and tradition natural resource use practices.• WCS has practiced Participatory Land Use and Resource Use Ma...

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Slow and Steady, a Tortoise Is Winning Its Race With Extinction

(October 10, 2017) The Burmese star tortoise was almost history.By the early 2000s, the natives of central Myanmar’s deserts had dwindled to such low counts in the wild that ecologists declared them functionally extinct. About the size of a football when mature, the animals sported yellow polygon patterns across their shells that helped them camouflage in dry grasses but also made them attractive as exotic pets, smuggled for thousands of dollars to the United States, Europe and other parts of Asia.Now, it ap...

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Conservation-Back From the Brink: Ex-situ Conservation and Recovery of the Critically Endangered Burmese Star Tortoise (Geochelone platynota) in Myanmar

(September 27, 2017) Geochelone platynota - Captive propagation (2017).pdf


NATURAL HISTORY NOTES - Batagur trivittata - dichromatic coloration (2017)

(September 26, 2017) Batagur trivittata - dichromatic coloration (2017).pdf


DNA testing challenges traditional species classification

DNA testing challenges traditional species classification
(June 24, 2016)   -   Through DNA testing scientists at WCS and NUS have made a surprising discovery that could subvert the significance of traditional criteria used for species classification.

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Endangered Tiger Killed in Myanmar Came from Thailand

Endangered Tiger Killed in Myanmar Came from Thailand
(March 09, 2016)   -   Experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) say that a tiger killed on Feb 25th in Myanmar came from a protected area in neighboring Thailand that currently hosts between 60 and 70 tigers.

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International Wildlife Crime Operation Rescues Stolen Burmese Star Tortoises

International Wildlife Crime Operation Rescues Stolen Burmese Star Tortoises
(December 29, 2015)   -   An Investigation on Facebook Leads to the Arrest of Two Suspects in Connection to the Theft of Critically Endangered Burmese Star Tortoises

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Survival of Myanmar Endangered Species Rely on Sustainable Protected Areas

 Survival of Myanmar Endangered Species Rely on Sustainable Protected Areas
(October 19, 2015)   -   Myanmar’s protected areas are facing critical funding shortages, with several unable to cover the costs of essential equipment, maintenance, and operational activities, in addition to needing more dedicated staff with increased technical capacities. A new report offers an assessment of the financial status, constraints, and opportunities for financing of these areas.

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Introducing Myanmar's Sustainable Blue Economy

Introducing Myanmar's Sustainable Blue Economy
(September 17, 2015)   -  

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Kalyar Platt receives the 10th Annual Behler Turtle Conservation Award

Kalyar Platt receives the 10th Annual Behler Turtle Conservation Award
(August 23, 2015)   -   The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is pleased to announce that the 10th Annual John L. Behler Turtle Conservation Award has been presented to Kalyar Platt, Turtle Conservation Coordinator in Myanmar for the Turtle Survival Alliance.

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World’s Second Most Endangered Turtle on Road to Recovery

World’s Second Most Endangered Turtle on Road to Recovery
(April 09, 2015)   -   p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; direction: ltr; line-height: 120%; text-align: left; widows: 2; orphans: 2; page-break-after: avoid; }p.western { font-size: 11pt; }p.cjk { font-size: 11pt; }a:link { color: rgb(0, 0, 255); } 60 Myanmar roofed turtles - a species once thought extinct - are released into their native habitat around the village of Linpha in Myanmar.

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WCS Re-Discovers "Extinct" Bird in Myanmar

WCS Re-Discovers "Extinct" Bird in Myanmar
(March 05, 2015)   -   Jerdon’s babbler (Chrysomma altirostre) had not been seen in country since July 1941. After missing from Myanmar for 73 years, WCS has rediscovered it once again.

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