19 new gecko species discovered in Myanmar caves

American and Southeast Asian scientists have discovered 19 previously unknown gecko species in remote parts of Myanmar. The discoveries highlight the biodiversity of isolated limestone formations known as karsts, which are under threat of destruction by local cement companies. The discoveries were made by teams led by biologist Lee Grismer, a professor at La Sierra ...

Animals

Captured wild elephants die up to 7 years earlier than captive-born elephants

Captured wild elephants die up to 7 years earlier than captive-born elephants

Placing a wild elephant in captivity can shorten its life by several years, according to a new study published in Nature Communications based on records of 5,000 logging elephants...

Myanmar elephant killings decline after years on the rise

Myanmar elephant killings decline after years on the rise

Killings of wild elephants in Myanmar dropped this year for the first time in at least four years, thanks to cooperative conservation efforts carried out by government...

Conflict threatens Myanmar’s dwindling tiger population

Conflict threatens Myanmar’s dwindling tiger population

Ethnic conflict in Myanmar’s forested regions threatens wild tigers, and ending conflict is key to protecting them, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced last week,...

Baby snake fossil in Kachin amber sheds light on snake evolution

Baby snake fossil in Kachin amber sheds light on snake evolution

The oldest and possibly first fossilized baby snake known to science is the subject of a new paleontological study published last week that offers new insights into the...

Yangon elephant sculpture sets Guinness World Record

Yangon elephant sculpture sets Guinness World Record

A papier-mâché elephant sculpture commissioned by local wildlife conservation groups to raise awareness for Myanmar’s shrinking wild elephant population has been recognized by...

New virus discovered in Myanmar bats

New virus discovered in Myanmar bats

A team of scientists have discovered a previously unknown virus in Myanmar, as well as another virus that has previously only been observed in Thailand. The viruses were found in...

Chasing dinosaurs in Myanmar’s conflict-ridden north

Chasing dinosaurs in Myanmar’s conflict-ridden north

“Amber hunters” on a quest for a Jurassic Park-style discovery of dinosaur remains sift through mounds of the precious resin in Myanmar — a lucrative trade that...

Raids reveal Myanmar poachers’ indiscriminate bloodthirst

Raids reveal Myanmar poachers’ indiscriminate bloodthirst

A series of targeted raids by Forestry Department agents on Tuesday ended with the arrest of six poachers Mandalay, Ayeyawady, and Bago regions and the seizure of a vast array of...

Myanmar amber preserves tick trapped in spider web for 99 million years

Myanmar amber preserves tick trapped in spider web for 99 million years

A tick that was caught in a spider’s web 99 million years ago in northern Myanmar has been discovered in a shard of fossilized amber, giving scientists a glimpse into the...


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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.