Myanmar Emergency Elephant Response Units (EERUs)
Myanma Timber Enterprise, 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 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. Since their implementation, the EERUs have been instrumental in catching and stopping poachers in the region, serving as one effective way to combat the increased international demand for elephant parts.