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When Marco Polo travelled through Myanmar in 13th century and he described Myanmar as the extensive jungle in which numerous elephants, unicorns and other wild animals were living. Myanmar is rich in natural resources, including forestry. Over 60 % of Myanmar area is covered by forests. There are several kinds of living beings in these forests, such as more than 250 species of mammals, 600 species of birds, 200 species of reptiles and 70 of amphibians. 32 species of them are endangered species. Now a day the government has preserved almost 50000 square kilometers of the natural forest for wildlife animals and trees. The followings are some of the national parks;

Alongdaw Kathapa National Park

It is situated in Sagaing division and 981 miles far from Yangon. The area of this park is 620 square miles. The ecosystem of plants and animals can be studied in this park. Some wildlife animal such as tiger, elephant, sambur, deer, bear, wild boar, jungle cat and many kinds of birds are living there. This wildlife sanctuary is started ii 1941 and opened in 1984.

Natma taung (Mt. Vitoria) National Park

This park is located in Chin state and 279 acres wide. Mt. Victoria is 3053 meters high. The main tourism site of this park is to mountaineering and to enjoy the natural beauty of the western part of Myanmar. On the way to the peak of Mt. Victoria some Chin villages can be visited.

Sein-Ye Camp

It is located in Oaktwin Township, Bago division and established in 1996. The natural teak forests can be found there and the production of teak wood with the help of elephant can also be seen. There are some wildlife animals in this camp.

Moeyungyi Wet Lands

It is situated in Waw townships, Bago division. The area of this land is 40 square miles and 70 miles far from Yangon. This land is for special observation to migratory of birds from the northern countries in winter season. More than 70 species of birds inhabit in this land.

Hlawga Wildlife Park

This Park is located in Mingaladon townships, Yangon division and only 22 mile away from Yangon. It was established for environmental educational center. Some wildlife species of mammals, reptiles and birds are kept in a natural condition in this Park.

National Botanical Garden

It is situated in Pyin Oo Lwin, 50 miles from Mandalay. And it was established in 1915 for the recreation of the public. There are 344 species of forest trees, 42 species of orchids, 25 species of rose, 6 species of lily and also a few numbers of local birds, reptiles, small mammal species and insects in this Garden.

Shwesettaw Wildlife Park

It is situated in Minbu townships, Magwe division. It was established since 1940 with the area of 214 square miles. Bear, gaur, barking deer, wild boar and various kinds of wild cats, dogs and birds, and the rare star tortoise can be seen in this Park.


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