Funded by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Myanmar's first elephant museum opened in Yangon Zoological Gardens on Sunday to commemorate World Wildlife Day.
For centuries, elephants were utilized for transportation, construction, agriculture and war. The museum exhibits photos of elephants, as well as their bones and body parts. Visitors can learn the different roles elephants have played in the lives of Myanmar people from the past to the present.
The museum aims to raise people's awareness on the conservation of wild elephants. Seventy years ago, about 10,000 elephants lived in Myanmar, but today Myanmar is only home to about 1,500 wild elephants. Educational materials and instructions are displayed in both Myanmar and English for tourists to stress the threats elephants face and the measures to protect them.