Contribute to ecotourism through the attractiveness of elephant camps


As part of conserving the forests in Myanmar, the government had adopted a plan to halt timber extraction. Some years later, resumption of timber extraction was allowed under a certain limit.
Consequently, thousands of worker elephants from businesspersons and the Myanma Timber Enterprise became unemployed. Really, as their feedstuffs were very expensive because of the large consumption rate, those elephants had to be resettled in separate jobs.
Hence, the elephant camps emerged one after another the length and breadth of the nation. These camps were formed with working-age elephants, older ones, and young elephants which are yet to be adults.
These elephant camps serve the visitors with skill demonstration and elephant bathing and riding. The environs of elephant camps become the yards of families for elephant lovers. Those visitors are eager to feed the elephants even though the camps were closed during the outbreak of COVID-19. Nonetheless, these camps attract local and foreign travellers with the natural beauties and nature of elephants.
At least, the incomes of elephant camps can be spent on the purchase of feedstuffs. Expenditure can be cut for the feedstuff. In fact, the camp activities are daily works for old and young elephants. It will be their daily operations with no need to take retirement from the work. If not, those elephants may suffer from depressions over the retirements.
Currently, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism is operating 19 natural areas and 22 elephant camps as ecotourism services. The ministry called for harmonious efforts of the government, the private sector and local people in the development of the tourism industry.
Ecotourism is booming based on the elephant camps which are attractive to local and foreign travellers. Hence, camp officials need to create the initiatives for improvement of the camps and environs. Even though the income and expenditure of the camps can reach the break-even point, these camps will have success for the first phase.
While conserving the environment with the nature of elephants, the camps will be lasting for coming many years. In a set time, some young elephants will be adults. When they become the age of working, the forest area covering the country may be appropriate to extract timber again.
In the future, the elephant camps across the nation will contribute much to the implementation of ecotourism services for attracting local and foreign travellers as well as earning income for the State and the people.

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