Elephants at wild locations in Myanmar

1 wild locations has kept elephants in Myanmar
There is presently 0 (0,0) living elephants in wild locations in Myanmar (in this database)

Region: Myanmar is in this database included in asiaOther regions
Wild elephants:

Myanmar has about 1619 (min. 1181, max. 2056) wild elephants. Source:Leimgruber et al. (2011)

Location holdings:

1 wild locations has kept 1 elephants in Myanmar

(Database tables with collection of elephants further down on the page)

Elephants in wild locations0 (0,0) living1 (0,1) dead
Sex ratio and
 Male  0 / 0  0%
 Female  0 / 0  0%
 Free contact  0 / 0  0%
 Protected contact  0 / 0  0%
 No contact  0 / 0  0%
 Unknown contact  0 / 0  0%
 wild  0 / 0  0%

Earlier figures: 3,000-4,000 (Sukumar), earlier 4 000-6 000 (Santiapillai, IUCN 1996)

Most large herds live in forested hills by the borders with Bangladesh, India, China, and Thailand. Wild capture was banned in 1994, but captives are still taken to join 4,500 working elephants in logging camps.

Myanmar has some 5000 wild elephants, and has around 2,800 registered working elephants in the timber industry, belonging to a single government logging agency, the Myanma Timber Enterprise (MTE), and perhaps another 4,000 privately owned domesticated animals.(IUCN’s Species Survival Commission’s Asian Elephant Specialist Group)

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan, Facts about elephants in Myanmar. Elephant Encyclopedia, (2021) available online retrieved at https://www.elephant.se/country.php?name=Myanmar.
(archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources, among others

  • Current status of elephants in Myanmar, by Leimgruber et al. (2011), http://www.asesg.org/gajah35.htm">Gajah nr 35, 2012. (Journal of the IUCN/SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group)

Internal relevant links

  • The elephant database startpage. Statistics
  • News about elephants in Myanmar (From the sister site Elephant News)

  • NameElephant collectionTypePlaceDistrictProvinceStateRegion
    Ayeyarwady Region
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)2 births1 relocated1 deathswild
    Ayeyarwady Region

    This document was updated: 2020-10-21 01:45:59

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