Camp for retired elephants in Pathein now a tourist attraction

20161224 113605 72The Thitgatoeaing Elephant Camp in Pathein (South) of the Myanmar Timber Enterprise in Ayeyawady Region was turned into an elephant conservation camp for tourism earlier this month.
Among the 18 elephants in the camp, six have been chosen for tourism as they are clever enough to pose for  photos with tourists, who can also feed them and wash them as well as travel on them short or long trips to study the natural environment of the camp.
It is also learnt that safety measures for tourists have also been taken during such experiences.
The camp is located at milepost 21/6 on Pathein-Mawtin Road, only about one hour away from Pathein, the region capital, by car. It is also on the way to Ngwe Saung Beach, Goringi Beach Resort and the Mawtinsun Pagoda.
Local and foreign tourists have already begun to visit the camp.
The elephants at the camp once belonged to the Myanma Timber Enterprise (MTE), which falls under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MNREC) and are now retired from their logging activities.
The retirement of the elephants reportedly comes as part of efforts to curb the deforestation of Myanmar’s wildness.
Elephants of the MTE could reportedly carry 2,000 logs a year through Ayeyawady Region’s Sin Mon forest.
The number of elephants from Bago and Ayeyawady regions are reportedly depleting as hunters target the animals for their ivory and skin, which is exported to China for a high price.—Maung Maung Myint (IPRD)

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Tourists ride elephants at Thitgatoeeaing Elephant Camp. Photo: MNA

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