Yangon Zoo (Rangoon Zoo) in Myanmar

Yangon Zoo (Rangoon Zoo)

First elephant arrived1906
Opened for public1906
Address Lake Road, Kandawgalay Po
Place Yangon
Country Myanmar

DirectorsDaw Moe Moe Lwin

Key People


Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants

Elephant keepers
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History of updates2020-10-27

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Yangon Zoo (Rangoon Zoo), located at Lake Road, Kandawgalay Po, in Yangon, Myanmar , was founded in 1901, opened for public in 1906 and the first elephant arrived in 1906.

Living elephants

At the Yangon Zoo (Rangoon Zoo) lives 6 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Ma Chaw Lay
  2. Ma Hla Chaw
  3. MoMo born 1953
  4. Myo Myo
  5. unknown
  6. Win Than Htun born 2003

Comments / picturesLocated beside Kandawgyi Lake and the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda.

1901: Yangon Zoo was founded in 1901 with the sum of K240,000 of public money, developed at the present location after 61 acres of virgin land was cleared. On 25th January 1906 the zoo was officially opened, named as the Victoria Memorial Park and Zoological Gardens in honor of Queen Victoria.

1951: Burmese government changed the name to the Rangoon Zoological Gardens and Parks, later changed to Yangoon zoo.

2008: About 420 animals were relocated to the Naypyidaw Zoo.

2020: Yangon Zoo is noted for having Mo Mo, the oldest resident in the zoo, who turns 67 this October. She was born in Loikaw in 1953, and arrived in Yangon at the age of seven. Mo Mo is a female elephant, and has never mated with any of the male elephants. She remains single to this day. The animal adoption program includes three other female elephants – Myo Myo, Ma Hla Chaw and Ma Chaw Lay. They are fed on 10 pounds of wheat, jaggery, salt and 300 pounds of grass twice a day. The cost of adopting one of these pachyderms is K500,000 for one month.

References for records about Yangon Zoo (Rangoon Zoo)

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2024). Yangon Zoo (Rangoon Zoo), Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=566. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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Yangon Zoo (Rangoon Zoo) on elephant-news.com

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