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 wildlife products. The diversity of the haul offered a glimpse into the voracious bloodthirst of Myanmar poachers and their customers. Among the seized items ...

Animals

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...

Fleeing conflict, elephants help Myanmar villagers to safety

Fleeing conflict, elephants help Myanmar villagers to safety

Mahouts and their elephants help sick, young, and elderly villagers displaced by conflict cross a chest-deep river in Myanmar’s remote Kachin state, where thousands of...

Online skin trade fuels Myanmar elephant slaughter: conservation group

Online skin trade fuels Myanmar elephant slaughter: conservation group

An emerging online market for elephant skin in China is threatening the survival of the creatures in neighboring Myanmar as poaching intensifies to meet demand, conservationists...

In memoriam: Wa Doke, the Win Star dog

In memoriam: Wa Doke, the Win Star dog

Wa Doke, the lovable porcine dog who shared countless meals with humans at Yangon’s popular Win Star beer station, died about a month ago, the bar’s staff told Coconuts...

Elephants kill 10 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh: UN

Elephants kill 10 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh: UN

Elephants searching for food have trampled 10 Rohingya refugees to death in multiple incidents, the UN said Tuesday, announcing a new plan to foster “safe coexistence”...

Myanmar netizens react to viral story about deadly puppy disease

Myanmar netizens react to viral story about deadly puppy disease

A Mandalay woman has stirred emotions and debate this week when she posted a now-viral story on Facebook about the sudden death of her brother-in-law after he received a tiny...

Wild elephant rampages through Rohingya refugee camp, kills 3

Wild elephant rampages through Rohingya refugee camp, kills 3

Three people were trampled by a wild elephant that rampaged through a Rohingya refugee camp on Thursday, highlighting the ecological strain the refugee crisis has put on forests...

Irrawaddy dolphin population rises to 76

Irrawaddy dolphin population rises to 76

A survey conducted this month observed 76 Irrawaddy dolphins in Myanmar’s protected river areas between Mingun, Mandalay Region, and Banmaw, Kachin State, marking an increase of...

100 million-year-old tailed spider discovered in Myanmar amber

100 million-year-old tailed spider discovered in Myanmar amber

Two teams of scientists on Monday unveiled a “missing-link” species of spider with a scorpion-like tail found perfectly preserved in amber in Southeast Asia’s...


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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.