Photos: Crowdfunding brings water to Myanmar’s thirsty deer

As temperatures soared in the Shwe Settaw nature reserve in Magway Division of Mayanmar, the sanctuary’s water resources dried up. The reserve, home to the endemic species of Eld's or golden deer, needed water for the survival of its animal inhabitants. Initially, the park’s rangers pooled money to collect water and re-fill the dried lakes. After realizing that this was unsustainable, they turned to Facebook for help, and have collected a significant sum to provide water to the deer through a crowdfunding campaign.

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Eld’s deer roam in the Shwe Settaw nature reserve in the Magway region of Mayanmar. The reserve, home to the endemic species of Eld’s or golden deer, lies in the country’s central dry zone where water shortages are rife in the hot season. However, through a crowdfunding campaign on Facebook, the deer are now receiving the water they need for survival. (Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

Eld’s deer roam in the Shwe Settaw nature reserve in the Magway region of Mayanmar. The reserve, home to the endemic species of Eld’s or golden deer, lies in the country’s central dry zone where water shortages are rife in the hot season. However, through a crowdfunding campaign on Facebook, the deer are now receiving the water they need for survival. (Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

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The dried bed of a lake in the reserve. This year, the temperatures in the sanctuary 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. (Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

The dried bed of a lake in the reserve. This year, the temperatures in the sanctuary 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. (Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

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Many of the park’s estimated 1,000 deer started venturing dangerously close to villages outside the reserve, putting themselves at risk of poaching, rangers said. At the end of April, the park’s dozen rangers started pooling money to travel to a nearby river to collect water and refill a couple of the scorched craters. But after realising this was unsustainable they turned to Facebook. (Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

Many of the park’s estimated 1,000 deer started venturing dangerously close to villages outside the reserve, putting themselves at risk of poaching, rangers said. At the end of April, the park’s dozen rangers started pooling money to travel to a nearby river to collect water and refill a couple of the scorched craters. But after realising this was unsustainable they turned to Facebook. (Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

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Donations poured in from as far away as Yangon, Mandalay and Shan state in the northeast. “Luckily, it really captured people’s interest,” ranger Thein Lwin said with a smile, adding that within a few days they had received over 1 million kyat ($650). (Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

Donations poured in from as far away as Yangon, Mandalay and Shan state in the northeast. “Luckily, it really captured people’s interest,” ranger Thein Lwin said with a smile, adding that within a few days they had received over 1 million kyat ($650). (Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

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Forest rangers drive a water truck as they arrive to fill a lake in the Shwe Settaw nature reserve. The sum received is enough to pay for the petrol and fees needed to hire water-carrying tankers that make six daily trips to a small river some 15 kilometres away. Each tanker holds around 4,500 litres. (Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

Forest rangers drive a water truck as they arrive to fill a lake in the Shwe Settaw nature reserve. The sum received is enough to pay for the petrol and fees needed to hire water-carrying tankers that make six daily trips to a small river some 15 kilometres away. Each tanker holds around 4,500 litres. (Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

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Forest rangers pump water to fill a lake in the nature reserve. The plight of the park’s fauna will not end when the rains arrive, as the sanctuary is the centre of an ongoing conflict between conservationists and local people, some of Myanmar’s poorest. Around 40 villages lie close to the reserve -- most without electricity -- and many people enter to search for firewood. (Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

Forest rangers pump water to fill a lake in the nature reserve. The plight of the park’s fauna will not end when the rains arrive, as the sanctuary is the centre of an ongoing conflict between conservationists and local people, some of Myanmar’s poorest. Around 40 villages lie close to the reserve -- most without electricity -- and many people enter to search for firewood. (Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

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Poaching is also a huge problem in the country where the illegal trade of wildlife parts flourishes, due largely to the insatiable appetite from neighbouring China. “We need more guard posts and more staff,” the ranger said with a sigh. “The deer’s future is at stake.” (Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

Poaching is also a huge problem in the country where the illegal trade of wildlife parts flourishes, due largely to the insatiable appetite from neighbouring China. “We need more guard posts and more staff,” the ranger said with a sigh. “The deer’s future is at stake.” (Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

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