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Asian elephant Elephas maximus in the jungle, Myanmar © Julia Thiemann / WWF-Germany

Elephant smuggling in Myanmar

Asian elephant Elephas maximus in the jungle, Myanmar © Julia Thiemann / WWF-Germany

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Published 11th December 2008

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Myanmar emerges as ivory trade and elephant smuggling hot spot

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 11 December 2008—Around 250 live Asian Elephants have been smuggled from Myanmar in the past decade, mostly destined for “elephant trekking” tourism activities in neighbouring Thailand, a new report by the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC reveals today. 

Elephant and ivory trade in Myanmar

Report author(s):
Chris R. Shepherd, Vincent Nijman

Publication date:
December 2008