Myanmar Emergency Elephant Response Units (EERUs), Myanmar
Based on the successful Conservation Response Unit (CRU) model in Way Kambas National Park in Sumatra, the Emergency Elephant Response Units (EERUs) in Myanmar are working to prevent human-elephant conflict and protect wild elephant populations. The Myaing Hay Won (MHW) elephant camp serves as the hub for smaller satellite camps where retired, unemployed timber elephants are now helping their wild cousins. Mahouts have the opportunity to learn skills and earn incomes while improving the care of the captive elephants and assisting in important conservation efforts. The elephants provide transportation during patrol activities, acting as a tool for gaining community interest and driving away crop raiding wild elephants.