Elephants and Birds in Myanmar
Myanmar, The Golden Land, is not widely known as a tourist destination that offers nature lovers an abundance of tour options to see animals and other wildlife. However, there are some places in Myanmar that will excite travellers who are keen to explore flora and fauna.
For wildlife highlights, Myanmar is home to 27 turtle species, seven of which are endemic, meaning they are exclusively found in this country. Every year scientists also discover new species of animals and plants in Myanmar, adding to the list of rare species found in mainland Southeast Asia’s largest country.
Inle Wetland Sanctuary for example, is located at the southern tip of Inle Lake, one of Myanmar’s major tourist attractions. While the major part of Inle Lake is home to the Intha, the iconic one-legged fisherman, its more remote southern tip around the village of Sakkar offers bird watching for rare bird species on and around the lake.
The most celebrated and sought after animals though live in elephant camps. These camps however, unlike in other countries, are not zoos or entertainment shows that cater to tourists. Their primary function is as a home to shelter former working elephants that otherwise would be abandoned.
To see elephants, Khiri Travel Myanmar offers a combination of tours in the eastern Shan State. We have a trekking adventure starting in the quaint hill town of Kalaw passing through the mountains to Inle Lake. There are fascinating flowers and rare bird species to see along the way. Near Kalaw, there is an opportunity to visit an elephant camp set up recently as a community-based tourism (CBT) initiative. Revenue from the tours and visitors to this elephant CBT conservation project helps support the elephants, provide sustainable employment to the mahouts (elephant caretakers) and forest guides, and enable conservation of the elephant’s forest habitat.
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