Projects in Myanmar
Myanmar could possibly have Asia’s largest elephant population outside of India, with more potential elephant habitat remaining than any other range country.
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, and survival of wild elephant populations is also threatened by the capture of live elephants.
Elephants have historically been revered in Myanmar, and have also played a significant role in its logging industry. During the British occupation as many as 100-400 were captured from the wild to provide haulage within the timber industry. Although the capture of elephants is now prohibited, it still occurs and is a significant threat to the country’s wild populations.