Hukaung Valley Tiger Reserve
Who and what:
The Hukaung Valley Wildlife Sanctuary (HVWS) and its extension are located in northwest Myanmar and falls in both Sagaing Division and Kachin State and cover a total area of 17,890 km2. HVWS and extension form a doughnut whose unprotected centre covers the floodplain of the Chindwin River, the largest tributary of the Ayeyarwady River.
There is no real experience yet, as this is a remote and inaccessible part of northwest Myanmar. About 50,000 people live in the unprotected central valley, the majority of whom are Kachin. Naga and Shan ethnic groups also live in the valley. HVWS contains an array of forest types and elevations, in turn providing habitat to a diverse assemblage of wildlife.
Venture to the remote far north of Myanmar where the mighty Himalayan Mountains descend into Southeast Asia. Covering an incredible 6748 square miles, this tiger sanctuary is larger than all of India's tiger reserves combined. Access remains a challenge due to its geographic isolation and government permits, but this may begin to change as the country continues on the road to reform.