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DISAPPEARING WILDLIFE

​We share our home with some of the world’s last tigers and asian elephants, but Myanmar’s forests are falling silent. The animals are disappearing.

Their homeland is being cleared for roads and farms. They are being killed, their body parts sold at illegal markets.

POACHING

"Myanmar could lose its wild elephants in a matter of years."

Fuelled by the illicit illegal wildlife trade, poaching is rife in Myanmar. In 2017 illegal poaching of elephants reached critical levels, with entire herds found skinned. If things continue this way, Myanmar could lose its wild elephants within a matter of years.

Infrastructure

"Roads fragment wildlife habitat and give poachers better access to wildlife."

Roads fragment wildlife habitat. The Dawei Road will slice through the Dawna Tenasserim Landscape – a wilderness still home to many tigers and elephants. It will stop animals passing from one area to another to breed and find food. Even more worryingly, it will give poachers easy access to parts of the forest that have long been safe havens for endangered wildlife.

HUMAN-ELEPHANT CONFLICT

"As elephant habitat shrinks and the human population grows, the two species are forced to live closer together."

Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC) is the second highest cause of elephant mortality in Myanmar. As elephant habitat shrinks and the human population grows, the two species are forced to live closer together. Wild elephants can kill people and destroy crops. This leads to the pursuit and killings of elephants.

THE GOOD NEWS

It's not too late. Together we can make Myanmar a safe haven for wildlife, and play a leading role in global conservation.

AWARENESS IS ON THE INCREASE

"An overwhelming response to Myanmar's first conservation campaign has brought new hope for the elephant population"

Voices for Momos was a huge, collaborative campaign launched response to Myanmar's elephant poaching crisis. Thanks to seven supersized elephants and supersized support from all sectors, the end of illegal wildlife sales in Myanmar is in sight. Myanmar now has one of the strongest laws and penalties on illegal wildlife trade, and key markets are shutting down.

The tiger heartlands

"Saving one of the region's last home to tigers"

The Dawna Tenasserim Landscape is one of Southeast Asia’s final frontiers for nature and it is home to a small population of tigers; one of the last remaining in Southeast Asia. As the conservation world works hard to double tiger numbers by 2022, keeping the DTL protected and connected is crucial.

Myanmar's wildlife heroes

"Wildlife in the DTL now has round-the-clock protection from poachers"

The rangers, trained by WWF staff and equipped with devices to track the movements of collared elephants, have been patrolling the mountains of the DTL since 2017. WWF is supporting the government to establish a ranger school so that more individuals can protect wildlife on the ground.

We have two teams dedicated to working to protect wildlife: Wildlife and Illegal Wildlife Trade.