Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Elephants being poached in Burma

New 'open' Myanmar opening up to poachers too.
February 2013. Though not on the scale of poaching in Africa, a new and worrying development has occurred in Myanmar, where at least 11 elephants were killed by poachers in 2012. An estimated 3,000 wild elephants still live in Burma, but until very recently they had remained relatively untouched by elephant poaching.

However as Myanmar opens up to the world, and with its proximity to China with whom it shares a highly porous border, elephant and tiger poaching were bound to become more of a problem. In fact Wildlife Extra reported a few years ago that tiger parts were openly on sale in some markets.

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