Myanmar

Credit: Tony Lynam

Projects in Myanmar

Myanmar Ranger Training Initiative 

Elephant Skin

Background

Myanmar is fast losing its elephants but has more potential habitat remaining than any other range country across Asia.

Elephants have historically been revered in Myanmar and have also played a significant role in the haulage industry. There are approximately 6,000 elephants in captivity in Myanmar which were previously used in logging operations. 

Large areas urgently need surveying, as potential elephant habitat is at risk of deforestation, especially now that the country is more open to international trade. Conflicts between elephants and people living in areas converted for settlements and farming is becoming widespread. The survival of wild elephant populations is under enormous threat from poaching for ivory, skins and the smuggling of elephant calves into Thailand for the tourist trade.