Myanmar Roofed Turtles were born in Lawkananda Wildlife Sanctuary for ten years in Bagan of NyaungU Township of Mandalay Region. The Myanmar Roofed Turtle can be found only in Myanmar and were critically endangered species, said U Shwe Htay Aung, warden of the sanctuary.
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) started conserving 100 Myanmar roofed turtles — 40 males and 60 females — in 2011. The officials rented 16 Myanmar roofed turtles — 10 males and 6 females — to Singapore in 2016 and transferred 10 males to WCS/TSA to free them into Chindwin river in 2018. And so, there are 74 Myanmar roofed turtles – 20 males and 54 females — in the sanctuary, he said.
The new tortoise population is hatched during ten years after the cooperative work of the Forest Department and WCS/TSA in conserving, he said.
Of 54 female turtles, four laid eggs in January and February this year. The first baby turtle was hatched on 4 April 2021, while another two on 19 April, one more on 22 April and four more on 25 April.
The Forest Department and Lawkananda Wildlife Sanctuary officials have carried out measures to know the exact time for adult, mating, laying eggs and hatchery for more than ten years.
The veterinarian Dr Tint Lwin also explained conserving and medical services for the turtles in person or via Viber, online and video clips.
The Myanmar roofed turtles live at Yadanarbon Zoological Gardens, Yangon Zoological Gardens and Lawkananda Wildlife Sanctuary.
Although the turtles rented to Singapore are kept systematically, they do not hatch, said Dr Kalyar of TSA.
The population of Myanmar roofed turtles would rise in the future, U Shwe Htay Aung added.
The turtles can be seen in Ayeyawady, Chindwin and Sittoung rivers, including larger tributaries and now in Chindwin (Sagaing Region) and Dokhtawady (Mandalay Region). — Ko Htein (KPD)/GNLM