Despite trade ban, Myanmar pangolins have no protection from poachers

You may know the pangolin as the inspiration for Sandshrew, the Pokémon Or you may have heard the fake news that pangolin fetus soup can increase your virility You may not have known that at least two species of this lovable mammal are native to Myanmar, and that they are meant to be protected by an international trade ban and domestic animal trafficking laws Sadly, none of these laws are doing anything to stop...

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YCDC to set up dog shelter for strays

The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) has begun construction on the city’s first government-owned dog shelter, which will be located in Hlaingtharyar Township “We...

YCDC to set up dog shelter for strays

Myanmar bear poaching driven by Chinese demand for bile

Coconuts Yangon spoke to the author of a new study who hopes greater understanding of the bear bile industry will help stop the trafficking of Myanmar’s bears A new study...

Myanmar bear poaching driven by Chinese demand for bile

The skin cure fad threatening Myanmar’s elephants

by Hla Hla Htay and Caroline Henshaw Under the shadow of Myanmar's famed "Golden Rock" punters haggle for the latest traditional medicine cure -- slices of skin from the...

The skin cure fad threatening Myanmar’s elephants

Demand for skin, meat and bones drives up elephant poaching in Myanmar

Demand for elephant parts, including but not limited to ivory, is causing a spike in poaching in Myanmar, the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry has...

Demand for skin, meat and bones drives up elephant poaching in Myanmar

Over 100 elephant deaths in last six years

Approximately 133 wild elephants died between 2010 and 2016, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation as quoted by 7Day Of the 133...

Over 100 elephant deaths in last six years

Myanmar’s aquatic entrepreneurs are desperate for everyone to start buying pet fish

Myanmar, newly embarking on a path to democracy, faces many problems Among them is a lack of demand for pet fish, an item in state-backed media today...

Myanmar’s aquatic entrepreneurs are desperate for everyone to start buying pet fish

Naypyitaw Zoo welcomes 9 new (and pricey) Humboldt Penguins

Naypyitaw Zoo has some new residents: 9 new Humboldt Penguins, worth more than EU 7500 (about $8,100) each The long sought-after penguins, 5 females and 4 males, arrived...

Naypyitaw Zoo welcomes 9 new (and pricey) Humboldt Penguins

Here’s another reason to like Myanmar’s president. He’s a cat guy.

We had wondered and now we know Myanmar's president, Htin Kyaw, is a cat guy Sorry dog lovers The president was spotted at a Burmese cat conservation spot in Inle Lake...

Here’s another reason to like Myanmar’s president. He’s a cat guy.

The pigeons that helped win World War II in Burma

Captain Lederman, Jungle Joe, Burma Queen and Blackie Halligan Remember these names, my friends, for they are war heroes They also, as a matter of a fact, happen to be...

The pigeons that helped win World War II in Burma

Coconuts Yangon Animals

Myanmar has plenty of animals, but not always the cute and cuddly kind. It is most famous for elephants; the country boasts the largest surviving Asian elephant population in Southeast Asia. The animals have long served as symbols of royalty and signs of good fortune. Another famous animal is the peacock. The bird is the symbol of Myanmar’s most famous political party, the National League for Democracy, which Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi steered to election victory in 2015. Besides those, we also find ourselves often writing about Yangon’s stray cats, dogs, snakes and crocodiles and the people who either abuse or protect them.