Meinmahla Kyun Wildlife Sanctuary

Located between 10° 05′ N and 95° 18′ E in Bogalay Township of Ayeyawaddy Division.

52.79 square miles.

Year of Establishment
Established in 1986.

Yangon to Boglay, 99 miles by river launch and Boglay to Meinmahla Kyun, 12 miles, by small mothorboat.


  • To protect and conserve degraded mangrove ecosystem from overexploitation by human.
  • To preserve remnant mangrove forests, consisting of 29 different tree species, as seed production areas for plantations.
  • To conserve and manage the are as breeding grounds, particularly, for fish and prawn.
  • To implement conservation programmes for endangered estuarine crocodiles o increase their population and to conduct research activities on the species.
  • To establish a bird sanctuary for protection of resident and migratory water birds and shore birds and their habitats.
  • To upgrade and promote as and ecotourism with attraction on mangrove conservation activities, research activities on estuarine crocodiles and bird watching.
  • To establish area creatively as an environmental education centre for local people.

Forest / Vegetative Types
Mangrove species such as Kanazo, Madama, Thame, Thayaw, Kambala, Thinbaung, etc. are present.

Otter, sambar, hog deer, wild boar, crab-eating kra, wild dog, turtles and tortoises, estuarine crocodiles, fish, prawn, crab and 34 bird species are known to occur in the area and Ayeyawaddy Dolphin is said to occur occasionally in the area.

Conservation, Development and Research Programmes

  • Conservation of mangrove ecosystem.
  • Implementation of conservation activities including reintroduction of estuarine crocodile and related research activities.
  • Conservation of mangrove forests with natural regeneration practices.
  • Re-introduction of estuarine cricodiles, after nursing the young brood in the research centre, to increase their population.
  • Implementation of environmental education activities.
  • Construcion of wooden tracks in forests.

Opportunities for Study and Recreation

  • Study on mangrove ecosystem.
  • Study and research on mangrove conservation with the practice of natural regeneration method.
  • Bird watching.
  • Study on behavior of wildlife including reptiles, mammals and aquatic animals.
  • Study on the egg-layinf of marine turtle at Kadonlay nesting beach: 10 miles away from tje sanctuary, during November to January.
  • Conducting of socio-economic survey on local people at seaside.
  • Accommodation for 6 persons at Bogalay, 5 persons at Meinmahla kyun and 5 persons at a guard post in the sanctuary.