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Pho Kyar Elephantcamp Taungoo
Early after waking up early and having our breakfasts at 5.30am, a small group of 4 of us, we drive from Taungoo Downtown to the Bago Yoma Woods Reservation, where the Myanmar commie leader hid for years. However, our transport was at the train terminal to see us for a brief drive to our hotels.
Driving to Pho Kyar Elephant Camp was a comfortable 2-hour trip on a curvy street through rolling countryside. In the last few years, the state of the roads has greatly increased and all-wheel driven cars are no longer necessary for driving. Pho Kyar Elephant Camp or a town is a group of homes with a few small teashops and a rural college that has been constructed with elephant tourist funds.
As elephant guides, the elephant guides are known in Myanmar and live a large part of their lives with their animals and take good charge of them. At the end of the day's work and activity, the elephant hikers take the elephant along a small brook to a cascade and a swimmingpool where they can washe. Spraying the elephant and swabbing it in the mud seems to be a everyday experience.
This elephant enjoys the care and is spoiled for a few moments before going back up a slimy and precipitous elephant path to the town. We were assisted by our leader to buy some of our own handmade handkerchiefs on the Taungoo fair, which were highly valued by the elephant we had ridden.
Currently there are 74 Elefants in the Pho Kyar Elephant Camp and Camp, all of which are members of the Ministry of Forestry and Forestry. In Myanmar, the elephant has long been used in sustainable/selective logging until the use of state-of-the-art equipment. Throughout the 7 month'leisure' period, Osie's earn additional money by making wood coal for boiling from wood that they can chop and market in distant places.
Elephant riders are paid a month's wages for elephant husbandry and felling. Revenues from travel are erratic and still low, but are estimated when there is an option to make additional money. The elephant riding in the camp Pho Kyar led us on a way through partly thick greenery to a place where some logs were hewn.
This work elephant had a breast belt with long necklaces that could be fastened to a tree trunk. In spite of the high stress and abrasion, the trunk seemed to slide easily towards the elephant. The Oozies had set up a place in a glade to burn charcoal, where elephants stacked the trunks to be used.
After the screams of the oozie elephant, he took a large chunk of timber with his fangs under him and locked the tree trunks as if a forklift would pick up a pallet and take it to a new place..... quite a place and what an unbelievable power. An elephant lifts a tree and places it to burn it.
Our elephant leader told us that there are still a lot of elephant species in the area that sometimes come to the villages and cause chaos. domesticized bulls that are fossilized by them. We' ve learnt that you can only train feral animals when they are young. The elephant is used to catch the elephant, when it is too ripe it is set free into the game.
The majority of the camp's bulls were bred in prison and are used to live in close contact with humans. During 2014, Timber Enterprise of Myanmar, under the Ministry of Forestry, declared that deforestation operations would cease to preserve the area. That can be a big help for the Oozies of Pho Kyar Camp as long as they continue to receive months' wages from the administration for the care of the government's elephant fortune.
In general, the elephant is prepared for forest work when they are about 20 years old and is prepared to retreat at the age of 50, not too far away from humans. Burma has the largest number of official elefants in the entire state. It is still not clear what will happen to the elephant.
The tourist industry can offer a sustained and viable source of revenue alternatives to coal production and illicit felling and could keep Oozies busy with ensuring their wellbeing. With this letter we want to motivate travellers to attend more elephant enclosures in Myanmar and help elephant caretakers live and preserve ecosystems for them.
Anything you should take to elephant camp? Generally there is not much jungles hiking when the bulls are in the town. When they are out in the jungles, your tour leader will hike to find them. You should therefore be reasonably well-prepared for the stroll or be able to stay in the town if you are unsuitable.
Especially in the sommer period there is an increased malaria-risks ( "vivax") in the camp. Tungoo is reported to have some cases of dengue like Yangon during the rainy time. The Taungoo town is one of Burma's ancient empires, 4. 5 hours north of Yangon. When you depart from Yangon early in the mornings in your own vehicle, you can attend the elephant camp on the same afternoon, but it is more pleasant to stay a few nights in Tangoo first and after a good nights rest near the mornings.