The Behler Turtle Conservation Award was established in 2006 to honor leadership and excellence in the field of tortoise and freshwater turtle conservation. The award honors the memory of John L. Behler, previous Chair of the Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group and Curator of Herpetology at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo.
The Wildlife Conservation Society and the Turtle Survival Alliance have long collaborated together in Myanmar. Currently, WCS has a team of 7 expert herpetologists teaming up with Kalyar Platt on multiple turtle conservation projects across the country.
Kalyar was born in 1972 and grew up in Yangon, Burma (present-day Myanmar). She attended Yangon University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in 1995 and her Master of Science degree in 2000. Hoping to pursue intellectual opportunities abroad, Kalyar moved to Bangkok in 2001 and began working for the Wildlife Conservation Society in Thailand. She was admitted into the graduate program at Chulalongkorn University where in 2007, she earned her Doctorate.