95 seized tortoises conserved at Ban Bway tortoise conservation camp

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Tortoise conservation camper giving medical treatment to a turtle. Photo: WCS

The authorities have seized 95 tortoises, which were illegally being exported to other counties via a vehicle. The authorities then seized and conserved them at the Ban Bway tortoise conservation camp.
A combined team comprising staff from Yaypu checkpoint and the forestry department searched the vehicle and found 95 tortoises, which were illegally being exported to China. The illegal tortoises have been sent to the Ban Bway tortoise conservation camp. Once they recover, they will be released into their natural habitat after being examined carefully and marked.
Of the 95 tortoises, 79 yellow-footed tortoises, eight six black turtles and one Arakan forest turtle have received treatment, hydration, injection, deworming and antibiotics, said Dr. Kalyar, director of Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA).
All the tortoises are almost extinct. We protected them in time, she added.
The seized tortoises have been conserved at Ban Bway tortoise conservation camp in cooperation with the forestry department, WCS and TSA.

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