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Myanmar's junta starts relocating animals to new zoo in the capital

Myanmar's junta starts relocating animals to new zoo in the capital

First, the civil servants were trucked to Myanmar's newly built capital. Now, it's the rhinos and elephants turn.
Using cranes and trucks, the military government this week began relocating scores of animals _ including elephants, rhinos, deer and bear _ from Yangon's Zoological Garden to the capital Naypyitaw, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of Yangon, zoo officials said.
The Yangon zoo houses 150 species of mammals, birds and reptiles, but it is chronically short of funding and has started falling into disrepair.
The animals moving to Naypyitaw will be housed in a 200-acre facility that opens to the public March 27.
While the junta has claimed the new zoo will be world class, some residents have expressed concern it lacks the infrastructure and lush vegetation the animals need to survive.
The ruling junta moved its ministries and offices in November 2005 from Yangon to Naypyitaw, a trading town with little infrastructure surrounded by mountain ranges and forests.


Updated : 2021-10-24 15:05 GMT+08:00