Number of visitors to Wingabaw Elephant Camp increased by 80 %

Mahouts seen cleaning elephants at the Winga Baw Elephant Camp near Yangon-Mandalay Highway. Photo, Thwe Thwe Tun

THE number of visitors to Wingabaw Elephant Camp in Bago Region has increased by 80 per cent when compared with its opening in late 2016, said U Myint Soe, in-charge of the camp.
According to the Myawady Daily’s Sunday issue, the camp hosts 50 visitors in average on every weekday beginning from this financial year. At the weekend, the number of visitors increased to about 100 the most.
Located near Wingabaw Village in Phayagyi Town, Bago Region, the elephant camp has been opened to the public since 3 November, 2016. The 86.2-acre wide camp is situated nearly 40 miles from Yangon. There are seven orphaned baby elephants plus 10 adult elephants.
The admission fees for local visitor is Ks1,000 per head and Ks5,000 for those who want to ride an elephant while a foreigner have to Ks20,000 for elephant trekking.
Elephant bathing watch is also available between 7 a.m. and 8.30 p.m. daily. “We widely explain the natural characters and movements of the large mammal to the visitors while they visiting around the camp for observation purpose between 12 to 3 p.m. on a daily basis,” said U Myint Soe.—GNLM

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