8 hornbills rescued from smugglers in Magway

Eight hornbills were rescued from smugglers by Forest Department officials in Magway Region last week, and they were rereleased into the wild on Saturday. The birds were found in the possession of a motorcyclist who was bringing them to be sold at an illegal wildlife market in Magway Region. Great hornbills taken from Myanmar often end ...

Animals

Burmese star tortoise saved from brink of extinction

Burmese star tortoise saved from brink of extinction

A tortoise found only in Myanmar’s central dry zone with an ornate shell that is prized by wildlife traffickers has been saved from the brink of extinction with the help of an...

The ecological toll of the Rohingya refugee crisis

The ecological toll of the Rohingya refugee crisis

Bangladesh announced yesterday that it will build one of the world’s largest refugee camps to house 800,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence and persecution in Myanmar....

Scientists discover 15 new gecko species in Myanmar in two weeks

Scientists discover 15 new gecko species in Myanmar in two weeks

A team of scientists discovered 15 new species of gecko in Myanmar during a two-week period this month. The gecko species are all adapted to living in limestone karsts in eastern...

Wild elephants kill two Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Wild elephants kill two Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Wild elephants trampled two elderly Rohingya refugees to death Monday as they slept underneath a plastic sheet near a forest in Bangladesh, police said. The incident occurred on...

‘Endangered’ hog badger seized in Kachin State

‘Endangered’ hog badger seized in Kachin State

A hog badger was seized by security personnel at a market in Mohnyin, Kachin State, on Wednesday. “The hog badger is an endangered species,” Indawgyi Lake Wildlife...

100 million-year-old damselfly found in Kachin State amber named in honor of Sir David Attenborough

100 million-year-old damselfly found in Kachin State amber named in honor of Sir David Attenborough

David Attenborough finally earned his wings Wednesday after scientists named a 100-million-year-old damselfly after the veteran British broadcaster and naturalist. The delicate...

Suspected poacher shot while curing elephant skin in Myanmar forest

Suspected poacher shot while curing elephant skin in Myanmar forest

A suspected elephant poacher was shot by a member of an anti-poaching unit in Thabaung Township, Ayeyawady Region, on Sunday after he and two other suspects were discovered in the...

Myanmar elephant killings raise fears of extinction

Myanmar elephant killings raise fears of extinction

At least 30 elephants have been reported killed in Myanmar this year, according to a joint report by the Wildlife Conservation Society, Fauna and Flora International (FFI) and the...

YCDC begins gathering stray dogs for first government-owned dog shelter

YCDC begins gathering stray dogs for first government-owned dog shelter

Developments are well underway for the country’s first government-sponsored dog shelter, which is slated to open in October. As part of the preparations, YCDC officials have...


 

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.