Elephants in Myanmar working in the country’s timber industry, dragging heavy fallen trees to rivers for shipping. Photo: AFP

Chinese activist artist Ai Weiwei visits elephant camps in Myanmar to raise awareness of jobless logging elephants in crisis

There are almost 5,000 working elephants in Myanmar, more than half employed by state-run Myanmar Timber Enterprise to haul hardwood trees. However, an export ban put 1,000 elephants out of work. Some were killed, others were abandoned or sent to neighbouring countries

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Elephants in Myanmar working in the country’s timber industry, dragging heavy fallen trees to rivers for shipping. Photo: AFP
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