Due to diverse topography, the flora ranges from sub alpine forests in the north through thorn forests in the central region to tropical rain forests in the south and mangrove in the delta area.
Myanmar's diverse forests and green landscapers which host a large variety of wildlife species, 7000 plants, 300 mammals, 360 reptiles and 1000 bird species, provide an ideal setting for nature-oriented and eco-tourism. The Wildlife Parks and Sanctuaries are Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park, Popa Mountain Park, Hlawga Wildlife Park, Shwe Settaw, Wildlife Sanctuary, Inlay Birds' Sanctuary, Mohingyi and Sein Ye Forest Camp.
Wildlife National Parks and Sanctuaries
(1) Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park
Situated 95 km to the northwest of Monywa is this renowned place of interest called Alaungdaw Kathapa. A journey to this involves some 27 km of a tough trekking and elephant ride besides the trips by road and water. It is recommended especially for those keen on adventurous walks in a jungle. Kathapa is in fact the name of an Arhat whose remains, it is believed, are kept in this place. However, what you can see there is but the representation of the reclining Arhat.
(2) Hlawga National Park
Hlawga Wildlife Park lays just 45 minutes' drive form Yangon. It is inhabited by more that 70 species of herbivorous animals and 90 species of birds. Easily accessible, Hlawga Wildlife Park is an ideal place of interest for bird watchers!
(3) Popa Mountain Park
It is an extinct volcano over 1,500 metres in height. Lying smack in the centre of the Dry Belt, Popa Mountain Park covered with recently-grown forests is like an oasis in the desert-like Central Myanmar, accessible conveniently by road.
Remarkably, there are many semi tame monkeys in Popa Mountain Park that-though far from being dangerous - sometimes snatch food from the hands of visitors and run away.
(4) Shwe Settaw Wildlife Sanctuary
This sanctuary is located in Minbu forest division, on the western edge of the Myanmar dry zone, between Mann and Mone streams. Accessible by road and is about two hours' drive from Minbu. It covers a total area of about 553 km2 many species of animals including deer, gaur, escrow, hog deer, wild boar, leopard, bear, wild dogs, various kinds of birds, and some species of primates are reported to inhabit in this sanctuary.
(6) Inlay lake Bird Sanctuary
(7) Lawka Nanda Sanctuary Park
(8) Sein-ye Forest Camp (Bago Yoma)
(9) Kyat-Thin Wildlife Park (Shwe Bo)
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