Also see “Conservation history.”
Based on National Star Tortoise Action Plan (2012).
Burmese Star Tortoises bred in a Myanmar conservation program are protected from poaching.
Head-started individuals reintroduced to protected areas are successfully breeding.
Image credit: Lewis Medlock, © WCS/TSA Myanmar Turtle Program. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Engraved identification markings help scientists track individual tortoises over time.
Religious markings engraved on the shell also deter some poachers by reducing the aesthetic value of shell and also helps conservationists identify illegally harvested tortoises.
Image credit: Swann Htet Naing Aung, © WCS/TSA Myanmar Turtle Program. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Scientists use radiotelemetry to study Burmese Star Tortoises after release.
Image credit: Myo Min Win, © WCS/TSA Myanmar Turtle Program. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Adult and juvenile Burmese Star Tortoises.
Image credit: © San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. All rights reserved.