A female white elephant plays with her friend in an enclosure near Uppatasanti Pagoda in Nay Pyi Taw. The pale pachyderm was caught in Thalatkhwar forest reserve, Pathein Township, Ayeyarwady Region in February 27, 2015. She is the ninth white elephant being captured.
The decline in the number of Myanmar’s wild elephants due to the annual poaching becomes a serious cause for concern. Since about 40 wild elephants were poached during 2017, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute stated that this number exceeds the average annual rate of wild elephants’ deaths in Myanmar.
A Kayin mahout Kalu Sai plays with his four-legged friend, a male elephant. They have their birthdays close to each other.
Within a few decades back Myanmar’s wild elephants numbered about thousands. Now their numbers are likely to fall immensely in reality though they are estimated to fall to between 1400 and 2000.
Captured elephant skins found in Ayeyarwady Region, lower Myanmar in April 2018. Most of the killings happened in Ayeyarwady Region.
Not only the tuskers are targeted for poaching but also the female elephants and calves fall into victims because of the currently soaring demand for the elephant hide, so unless the conservation works are enhanced, Myanmar’s wild elephants can become extinct.
A four-year-old male elephant is in training by mahouts to be tame. The elephant was left behind by its herd that had lingered in NyaungOo, upper Myanmar in search of food in 2015.
The family members gaze at mahouts in preparation for foot patrol to protect wild elephants from being poached.
The tip of an elephant’s tusk is being cut. Elephant picks a fight with another elephant or a human when he is in musth. The practise is believed to reduce his rage and to protect him from attacking other elephants. ( Photo – UU5A7991 )
Timber production was banned in 2014, leaving working elephants jobless. Elephants are hired to perform in cultural festivals for their survival.
The 18-year-old mahout and a male elephant are found in a cultural festival.
A white baby elephant learns to walk by mahouts. The ninth white elephant was caught in Thalatkhwar forest reserve, Pathein Township, Ayeyarwady Region in February 27, 2015.
A mohout washes his elephant that belongs to a private owner. They are both 18 years old and perform in cultural festivals for a living.
A mahout and a male elephant from Myanmar Timber Enterprise. A herd of wild elephants, that got lost in search of new pasture and trespassed on the human territory in 2015, was driven back to the forest by the male elephant.
An orphaned baby elephant is rescued by Myanmar Timber Enterprise. Her mother had been killed by poachers in Ayeyarwady Region in 2017. ( Photo – _U5A0148 )
A mahout sleeps next to a 23-day-old baby elephant who became separated from her mother.
Legs of an orphaned baby elephant and a veterinarian who cares her since residents had frightened her mother who left her behind.
Mi Chaw, a 23-day-old elephant who became separated from her mother since its birth, plays inside the house of the veterinarian who looks after her.
Children of mahouts put consoling arms around the 23-day-old elephant who suffers from diarrhoea. She suffers from separation from her mother since her birth.
A veterinarian and mahouts show sympathy to the 23-day-old elephant who suffers from diarrhoea. She suffers from separation from her mother since her birth.
Despite all their best efforts, the baby elephant died of severe disease at the age of 23 days. She suffers from separation from her mother since her birth.
Children walk the 23-day-old female elephant every day together with the veterinarian who cares her. The baby elephant became separated from her mother since its birth
Residents frighten wild elephants away. The elephants were found lingering in Kyautpadaung township in search of food in 2015 when floods hit many parts of the country.