The Burmese star tortoise is an endangered species originally from the dry zone in Myanmar and is in urgent need of protection. The Minzontaung Wildlife Sanctuary has been doing an excellent job in breeding tortoises and releasing them back into the wild. Khiri Reach has supported the conservation center by setting up a visitor center and provided training to guides and staff. We now include the sanctuary in all overland travel between Bagan and Mandalay, so that travelers can not only learn about the importance of these beautiful creatures, but also support a sustainable income for the venue.
Due to habitat loss, but also poaching, the impressive animal with alluring patterns and vibrant colors has been listed on the IUCN red list of endangered species and therefore deserves extra cautious conservation measures. Did you know that there are less than 5000 Burmese Star Turles left in the wild? We do our best not to only protect habitat and promote the conservation of this rare species, but also support the local community who has a substantial additional income due to the conservation center.
How can you support the project?
Feeding over 100 tortoises per day ≈ 10 USD
Feeding over 1000 tortoises a day ≈ 100 USD
Water well for the tortoise center ≈ 10 - 2500 USD (we can organise water well donations collectively)