Sunday, 19 May 2019

Crowdfunding brings life-saving water to Myanmar's deer


MAY 10, 2019
A herd of endangered deer wait under the shade of one of the sparse trees in this parched central Myanmar landscape, watching as rangers dispatch drinking water—a life-saving resource funded by wellwishers across the country.
Shwe Settaw nature reserve in Magway Division is home to the endemic species of Eld's or golden deer. But their habitat lies in the country's central dry zone, a low-lying plain astride the Irrawaddy River where water shortages are rife in the hot season.
This year temperatures have soared to a record 47 degrees centigrade.
The sanctuary's 20-odd lakes and ponds—a lifeline for the deer, wild boar, jackals, peacocks and other creatures—have all dried up.

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