Youth uses art talent to draw support for elephant protection

Lin Lin Khine
Caption: Big paper elephant at the Junction City Mall.


In order to raise awareness about the need to protect wild elephants, youth artist Akar Kyaw will stage a March exhibit at Yangon International airport.

The exhibit will feature six large paper elephants spread out across Terminals 1, 2 and 3 in an effort to educate the public about illegal killing of the mighty beasts.

Despite a ban on the international trade in ivory, large-scale poaching of elephants continues, with tens of thousands killed every year.

Ivory from their tusks is carved into ornaments and jewellery.

The ban on international trade was introduced in 1989 by Cites (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) after years of unprecedented poaching.

“Myanmar’s elephants are killed for their ivories. We need to stop this at once,” said Akar Kyaw.

“We also need to stop using ornaments made from tusks. If we all participate in the awareness programme, I think, we can somehow save the elephants, we love.”

Alongside his programme, the Asia World Company in cooperation with WWF-Myanmar will distribute leaflets explaining the ongoing trade of illegal elephant products.