Tiger and Elephant Conservation In Myanmar
Wildlife keepers warn against elephants tendency to move sanctuary
Updated: 2008-09-26 13:36
YANGON — Wildlife keepers in Myanmar have warned against tendency of move of sanctuary of wild elephants from deep mountain range in western Rakhine state to agricultural field as elephant feed is running short there this year, the local Biweekly Eleven News reported Friday.
Such wild elephants are being found shifting from the May Yu mountain range bordering Bangladesh to agricultural farms with crop plantations of local farmers and destroying the plantations for the sake of feed, the report said, calling on the farmers to take measures to prevent the crop plantations from being spoiled out of the wildlife’s move.
The report attributed the tendency of the elephants to the extinction of bamboo plantation in the Rakhine Yoma natural bamboo forest during this year which the elephants depend on for their feed.
Meanwhile, Myanmar has taken measures for elephant conservation by restricting the catching of such animal in the country’s Bago Yoma mountain range in the central part where most of the elephants take sanctuary, other local report said.
In order to prevent elephant from extinction in the country, the Myanmar forestry authorities allowed catching of the wild elephants in the mountain range’s Hlegu area only once in three years, prescribing the ratio of the elephants caught to be handed over to the authorities, according to the report.
Similarly, in the wake of tiger extinction threat, Myanmar wildlife police and forest rangers have also planned to step up combating wildlife trade and crimes in the tiger reserve and special training programs have been introduced jointly by the Myanmar forest ministry and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) .
With only 150 tigers reportedly remained alive in Myanmar’s tiger reserve, tiger conservation is being undertaken in Hukaung Valley, the geographical condition of which creates a suitable place for survival of the tigers.
The Hukuang Tiger Reserve in Myanmar’s northernmost Kachin state, which was established in 2004, covers an area of about 22, 000 square kilometers, and is claimed the largest of its kind in the world.