The Myanma Timber Enterprise is planning to open three new elephant camps this year before the water festival to boost the tourism industry and conserve the native species, said U Saw Jone Shwe Ba, Director of Myanma Timber Enterprise.
The three new elephant camps are Pulin Kanthayar elephant camp in Nyaung-U, War Nat elephant camp in Pyin-Oo-Lwin and Shwe Sattaw elephant camp in the Magway region.
The Myanma Timber Enterprise will start the elephant camp with some 19 elephants. Of the 19 elephants, seven will be housed at Pulin Kanthayar elephant camp, six at War Nat elephant camp and another six at Shwe Sattaw elephant camp.
Mahouts at the elephant camps will provide information about elephants to visitors, who can also feed and ride the elephants.
The Myanma Timber Enterprise started implementing elephant camp-based tourism since 2016. Currently, the enterprise already operates 16 elephant camps, including Ngalight Sakhantha, Wawma, Pyaswe, Natmauk, Wingabaw, Hmawyawgyi, Nathmaw and Mokekha elephant camps.