Destination News: Wildlife sanctuary in eastern Myanmar
A wide stretch subtropical broadleaf forest that is home to many endangered species has become Myanmar’s newest wildlife sanctuary. The area was identified as a haven for rare species by the Karen Wildlife Conservation Initiative (KWCI), whose six camera traps caught sight of 31 species in northern Kayin State in 2014 and 2015.
The 66, 965-acre Kaydoh Mae Nyaw Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Kayin State in eastern Myanmar, near the Thai border. It is known to be home to 64 mammal species such as the Asian Elephant, tiger, Pharyre’s Leaf- monkey and species of Pangolin which are critically endangered. There are also 122 bird species, 12 amphibian species, and 20 reptile species, including the endangered big-headed turtle and elongated tortoise.
Further field studies are sure to reveal more new species that are yet to be described by the scientists as the area is little explored. This new protected area will be managed by the members of the local Kayin community, and KESAN will help coordinate law enforcement patrols, infrastructure maintenance, and awareness programs.
Rain Forest Trust is helping amazingly and has supported community outreach activities with the local Karen community, such as employment of local villagers to assist in wildlife and forest conservation surveys. By strengthening community-based conservation efforts on Karen lands, one of the most intact and wildlife-rich ecosystems remaining in all of Myanmar and Southeast Asia will receive the protection it so urgently needs.