Myanmar seeks cooperation with Singapore in wildlife conservation

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The Myanmar Forestry Ministry is seeking cooperation with a Singapore group in wildlife conservation, sources with the ministry said on Thursday.

A meeting in Nay Pyi Taw between the ministry and the Group CEO of Wildlife Reserve of Singapore on Wednesday touched on zoo maintenance, animals exchange, expertise provision, zoo administration, animal training and keeping and upgradation of zoo, the sources said.

Myanmar established its first-ever zoological garden in Myanmar 's new capital of Nay Pyi Taw in March 2008, accommodating famous animals and rare ones such as penguins, Kangaroos and white tigers as well as mammals, birds and reptiles.

The Nay Pyi Taw zoological garden covering an area of more than 400 hectares stands the third after Yangon's and Mandalay's and the largest in the country.

The historical Yangon Zoo, which expands as 20.3 hectares, was set up in January 1906, accommodating over 1,000 animals including 554 mammals of 62 species such as elephant, tiger, bear, hippopotamus, monkey, takin and mountain goat, 424 birds of 70 species and 130 reptiles of 19 species such as crocodile, snake and monitor lizard, while the Mandalay zoological garden, which expands as 21.5 hectares, was inaugurated in April 1989 and has 107 mammals of 35 species, 142 birds of 39 species and 137 reptiles of 15 species.

According to the garden officials, the Yangon zoological garden is among the 40 in the world which have history of over 100 years, attracting about 1.5 million visitors annually.

The Yangon zoological garden also exchanged animals and facts about them with counterparts of other countries including Malaysia, Singapore, Nepal, Germany and Czech Republic apart from many international organizations.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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