Bangladeshi wins award for Asia’s largest tortoise conservation

Published: April 27, 2018 16:26:52 | Updated: May 01, 2018 16:01:27

Shahriar Caesar Rahman, co-founder of the Creative Conservation Alliance, is working to preserve Asia’s largest tortoise in a remote corner of Bangladesh. Image: Courtesy

Shahriar Caesar Rahman, a Bangladeshi conservation biologist specialising in reptiles, is one of the six who won the prestigious Whitely Award for working in grassroots nature conservation in the world's developing countries.

Shahriar won award for his work to preserve Asia's largest tortoise in a remote corner of Bangladesh.

The awards were given at the 25th Anniversary Whitley Awards Ceremony held on 25th April at The Royal Geographical Society in London, according to official website of Whitely Fund for Nature.

The winners will each receive £40,000 in funding to support their work to conserve some of the planet’s most endangered species and spectacular places.

The Ceremony was hosted by WFN Ambassador, Kate Humble, with the Whitley Awards presented to the winners by WFN Patron, in front of over 600 guests.

In 2011, Caesar began exploring the Chittagong Hills, one of the least explored but most biodiverse areas on the planet. His team discovered the wild Asian giant tortoise, previously thought to be extinct, and a new species of forest turtle.

The prestigious awards, known as the 'green Oscars', are made annually by the Whitley Fund for Nature, and provide winners with funding to scale up their projects, reports UNB.

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