VP U Henry Van Thio inspects elephant camps in Bago Region

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Vice President U Henry Van Thio feeds elephants as he visits the Phoe Kyar elephant camp in Bago Region on 28 February 2018. Photo: MNA

Vice President U Henry Van Thio, who is also Chairman of the Central Committee for the Development of the National Tourism Industry, inspected the Phoe Kyar elephant camp and the Wingabaw elephant camp in Bago Region yesterday.
The Vice President and his entourage arrived first at the Phoe Kyar elephant camp and were welcomed by Dr. Saw Nyo Win, the Bago Region Minister for Natural Resources, Forestry and Environmental Conservation and offical.
In the briefing hall of the elephant camp, Managing Director of Myanmar Timber Enterprise U Saw John Shwe Ba explained the condition of the protected elephants in Phoe Kyar camp and the number of tourists who visit the camp annually. Next, U Zaw Win Myint, the Director of the Forestry Department, explained the forest conservation efforts in the Bago-Yoma mountain range, the progress of public forest reserves, the capture of illegal loggers in the area, the status of wild elephants in the forest, and the progress on identifying and arresting elephant poachers.
The Vice President then instructed the officials on carefully and effectively arresting illegal loggers and elephant poachers and also uncovering the ringleaders behind these illegal activities. He said that the entire world was going towards environmental conservation and reforestation, so Myanmar needed to put more emphasis in this area.
The Vice President then toured the elephant museum, bungalows, and the conservation and tourism efforts at the camp before watching the camp’s elephants perform dances.
The Vice President then travelled to the Wingabaw elephant camp and was given a presentation by U Hla Moe Aung, the General Manager of the Timber Production Division. Next, Bago Region Chief Minister U Win Thein explained tourism development and the Bago-Yoma range’s conservation efforts.
The Vice President commented that there has been a gradual increase in the number of tourists visiting to the elephant camps. He said the camp needs to do more advertising to raise more awareness and to cooperate with other agencies to further promote tourism. The Vice President then toured Wingabaw camp.
The Phoe Kyar elephant camp is located in Yedashe township, Taungoo District in Bago Region and is home to 14 elephants. Visitors can interact with the elephants, bathing them, feeding them and observing them in their natural habitat.
The Wingabaw elephant camp was established in 2016 and is located 14 miles from Bago City. The camp is 86 acres wide and houses adult elephants orphaned wild elephants and orphaned baby elephants.

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