Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp



Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp

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Myanmar may hold the world’s  largest population of domesti- cated elephants, but visitors  rarely catch sight of one unless they travel to remote timber camps (see p96). A more easily acces sible alternative is the Green Hill Valley Elephant Camp, a sustain able tourism initiative  set up to care for retired pachy- derms by a vet who used to  work for the government timber com pany in the hills around Kalaw. Among them are a few young, fit animals who take visitors on short rides through the orchid, bamboo, and teak jungle. As well as providing a humane home for its charges, the camp promotes educa tion in local villages and over sees a forest recovery program – visitors are encouraged to help by planting a tree in the camp.

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