14 wild elephant deaths in Mandalay in seven years


Over the last seven years, 14 wild elephants died in Mandalay Region either due to natural causes or poaching, according to the regional Forest Department.
From 2013 until now, 14 elephants have died in Tabeikkyin and Singu townships in Pyin Oo Lwin District, including one in 2013, six in 2017, four in 2018, and two in 2020. While five elephants died of natural causes, nine were killed by poachers.
On 4 January, two elephants were electrocuted in the Shwe Oo Daung forest reserve in Tabeikkyin Township.
Officials from the Myanmar Police and the Forest Department have conducted three checks at two sites in Mandalay Region where animal parts have been recovered from.
Elephants have been included in the list of endangered species in Myanmar, according to the Forest Department. —Aye Cho (Translated by Hay Mar)

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