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August 14, 2020

MTE halts 21 elephant camps in States/Regions amid Covid-19

File: children and their families on elephant trek near Nyaung-U Township.  Photo: Ko Htein (Ngathayouk)
File: children and their families on elephant trek near Nyaung-U Township.  Photo: Ko Htein (Ngathayouk)

“Myanma Timber Enterprise (MTE) has closed 21 elephant camps across the states and regions to respond to the outbreak and spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019,” said Deputy Manager U Myo Min Ko of Palin Kanthayar Elephant Camp, in Nyaung-U Township, Mandalay Region.
The Myanma Timber Enterprise under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation has temporarily closed its elephant camps and elephant-based tourism businesses across the states and regions starting from 25 March, according to the elephant camps in-charges.
Deputy Manager U Kyaw Kyaw Tun of Hmaw Yaw Gyi Elephant Camp in Kyauktaga township, Bago Region further explained that MTE has opened the elephant camps in the states and regions with an aim to conserve the elephants, to boost the economy and job opportunities of the locals who rely upon the elephant-based tourism, to enable the people to gain knowledge on the nature and behaviour of the elephants, to make them love the elephants, and to create places for recreation and relaxation for the domestic and foreign travellers.
Although the elephant camps are closed to the visitors, the staff from the elephant camps are working as usual. —Ko Htein (Ngathayouk) (Translated by Hay Mar)

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