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Source:  Turtle Survival Alliance
Date: August 5, 2010

Big-headed Turtles Returned to Nature in Myanmar

On August 5, 2010 the TSA in conjunction with the WCS Myanmar turtle team, released 35 Platysternon megacephalum in the Kyaikhtiyo Wildlife Sanctuary.  The turtles were part of a larger confiscation that had been seized in July and held at the Yadanabon Zoo in Mandalay.  Funds to support the transport of the turtles to appropriate habitat - fast flowing cool mountain streams - were unavailable and the turtle were beginning to perish from high temperatures and stress. 
The TSA agreed to pay for transport and the turtles were then moved to the protected sanctuary of Kyaikhtiyo, a 180 square mile tropical rainforest reserve in the Mon State that has excellent habitat for big-headed turtles. Due to their specialized habitat requirements, Platysternon have a poor history in captivity in Myanmar. Members of the WCS - TSA turtle team included Win Ko Ko, Tint Lwin and Kyaw Moe.