3 Wildlife Sanctuaries to explore in Myanmar
Largest of the mainland South East Asian nation. Overcame the long history of civil wars in 2011 to have a civilian government.
The Hukaung Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and its extension are located in northwest Myanmar and falls in both Sagaing Division and Kachin State and cover a total area of 17,890 km2. It has mixed deciduous forest, evergreen hill forest, and pine forest are present. Globally threatened wildlife includes the Asian Elephant, Tiger, and White-bellied Heron.
Indawgyi Lake Wildlife Sanctuary contains Indawgyi Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Myanmar, and a substantial portion of the surrounding forested watershed. Established in 1999, ILWS covers 73,600 hectares and ranges in elevation from 169 m at the lake surface to over 1,400 m. The lake drains to the north and includes 12,000 hectares of open water, along with marsh, floating vegetation, and submerged macrophytes. Daily a lot of people visit this place.
Mein-ma-hla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary is a wetland reserve in Lower Myanmar. It is located in Bogale Township in Ayeyarwady Division. Mein-ma-hla means beautiful women in Burmese, as the island is linked to a local Burmese myth. The wetland reserve is located on Mein-ma-hla island and is classified as a mangrove ecosystem reserve. The reserve occupies an area of 52.79sqmi and was established in 1986. The protected area has a total of 29 mangrove tree species and saltwater crocodiles.