A project to save the endangered Myanmar roofed turtle (Kachuga trivittata) in the wild is facing difficulties because of gold mining in the turtle’s Sagaing Division breeding grounds, a Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) official said last week.
Under the program, one-month old roofed turtles are collected from breeding grounds along the Chindwin River and reared at Yadanarbon Zoo in Mandalay.
Some are then returned to the wild, while others are kept at the zoo, which now has 267 Myanmar roofed turtles.
However, the number of eggs and hatched turtles has declined in recent years, mostly as a result of gold mining and panning along the river.
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