Myanmar's awesome species

I love animals. And this very short video I found online of just some of the animals roaming the forest of southern Myanmar just blew me away ( = amazed me)! Myanmar people are so lucky to share their country with some of the most amazing and rarest animals in the world.

Watch and enjoy some of Myanmar's fantastic wildlife.

  1. Read the eight statements below and identify keywords (e.g. camera trapping)

  2. Find the keywords in the article

  3. Read the relevant sentences carefully

  4. Decide if each statement is True, False or Not Given

  1. A camera trap requires a researcher to take photos of wild animals.

  2. Camera trapping is a new method for taking photos of wild animals.

  3. Camera traps can be triggered accidentally by falling leaves and branches.

  4. In Myanmar, tigers live only in Tanintharyi's lowland forests.

  5. The IUCN Red List contains over 100 threatened species.

  6. The high number of threatened species in the Tanintharyi region is due to many reasons.

  7. The main reasons for the high number of threatened species are logging and road construction.

  8. One method to conserving threatened wildlife is the development of locally managed forests.


The amazing species in the video have all been captured on camera traps installed by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) teams in the Tanintharyi region of southern Myanmar. A camera trap is a remotely activated camera that is equipped with a motion sensor or an infrared sensor, or uses a light beam as a trigger. Camera trapping is a method for capturing wild animals on film when researchers are not present, and has been used in ecological research for decades.

Tanintharyi's lowland forests represent Myanmar's last remaining habitat for tigers and other rare species, including the only known viable population of the critically endangered Gurney's pitta. In fact, FFI-led surveys of the southern Tanintharyi region recorded 166 species that are considered threatened on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

The IUCN Red List is a critical indicator of the health of the world’s biodiversity. It provides information about range, population size, habitat and ecology, and threats, to the world's endangered species.

A multitude of factors contribute to the Tanintharyi region's high threatened species count. Expansion of monoculture plantations, hunting, logging and road construction have all contributed to the decline of Tanintharyi's wildlife.

In partnership with the Myanmar government and local communities, FFI is addressing these threats. One key approach is expanding community forest management through community forestry and building capacity in camera trapping and threat monitoring. Not only do camera traps provide crucial information about the distribution of wild animals and insight into the threats these species may face, they also give us a chance to observe their behavior and admire their beauty.

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