Hlawga Wildlife Park

Hlawga Wildlife Park, Yangon (Rangoon): Address, Phone Number, Hlawga Wildlife Park Reviews: 3.5/5

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Ollie L
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar38 contributions
Disappointing
Nov 2019 • Couples
A terrible experience. They have the audacity to charge foreigners 5,000mmk and there is NO maintenance! The zoo is abysmal. The animals are in enclosures unfit for purpose and too small.
The sun bears obviously come from a circus as they're able to stand on their hind legs for longer than is natural.
No clear signs, no information. Any information that is available is in the local language any way. It is not what one would expect. A waste of time and money.
Written 28 November 2019
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travellinrabbit
526 contributions
Very Good Mini Zoo!
Oct 2019 • Couples
I came to visit the Mini Zoo rather than the whole park; although small with a limited selection of animals, it was clearly about quality over quantity. The enclosures were spacious and offered various climbing and hiding and foraging opportunities for the animals to encourage natural behaviours. This was really great to see. Clearly a lot of thought has gone into the design. It was easy to get a perfect view of most the animals. Very few enclosures were in the old fashioned Victorian style. I really regret not venturing further into the park! I will definitely do this on my next visit.
Written 9 November 2019
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Aung Myat Thu
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar4 contributions
That is an amazing place for families and also groups.
Oct 2019
I visited there with my groups over 95 people for making scavenger hunt. It was really fun to play outdoor activities such as finding things, exploring nature and animals. For us, we only had a chance to visit the mini zoo and its surrounding areas because it is a bit far from the respective areas so that you should join the park's bus to visit the whole park. Although it does not have enough animals in the mini zoo, it's very great for the group activity. Moreover, you should bring snacks, drink and also a guitar to enjoy your visit. Plus, don't forget to bring your camera to take beautiful and natural sceneries and be ready to take pictures. Overall, I don't think I cannot forget that time with my groups at Hlawga Park. Come and visit.
Written 8 November 2019
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Sarah b
Lytham St Anne's, UK1,434 contributions
Don't go for the zoo
May 2019 • Couples
This is a National Park primarily with a mini zoo in the centre of it. Don't be put off going if you want to see wildlife and birds in the periphery of the park there are trails to follow with reasonable birding success.

Fee was 5000 each for foreigners (only about £2.50), for the wild park plus zoo.

There was no map but we found our way around to the ponds using maps ME which we would recommend as an addition to Google maps as you can use them off line.

We couldn't help but see some of the zoo as we walked around the outside. It is true that some of the animals are not kept in the conditions they should be and how we expect in modern zoos. There are still small cages with bars in evidence.

However one keeper was cleaning the water bath for the tiger when we arrived and once finished we saw the tiger looking a lot happier in his cool deep water bath as we prepared to leave later in the morning. Similarly the bears looked much better once they had their water. It is clear that the keepers do care about the animals and do what they can with the resources they have. However we avoided this section and focused on birding the wild areas.

Several stalls for buying cold drinks in the park and at the car park entrance.
Written 6 May 2019
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Red R
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Animals
Jan 2019 • Solo
Why do they put chains on elephant's legs and ears? Birds and cats in the cages are also not comfortable. Why are they torturing animals?
Written 18 January 2019
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vic
pune8 contributions
Don't go if you like animals
Sep 2018 • Friends
Most animals are in a terrible state (except for the deers, monkeys and cows). The elephants are chained on two legs and the ear and are not able to move at all. The bears behave abnormally, the birds enclosures are too small. There was an eagle that had its feathers cut off, standing in his cage absolutely lethargically. Also, the cats are crammed into little cement cages without daylight or even electric light.

Please don't go if you like animals. I feel incredibly sorry for them and don't recommend it to anyone who has just a little respect for nature.
Written 17 September 2018
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Aruna Gunawardena
Colombo, Sri Lanka3,824 contributions
Awesome Nature Reserve
Apr 2018 • Family
As the kids holidays were still on we tried to explore the park. It was very nice and peaceful. Lovely for picnics
Written 24 April 2018
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Wistraveller365
Muscat, Oman134 contributions
A nice place to get away from the city
Mar 2018
When you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of Yangon go visit Hlawga Wildlife Park. The drive through part of the park is pretty cheap and you can feed the monkey's, deer, and other animals that are running around. We go about every other month just to get our animal fix and escape the city.
Written 19 April 2018
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Jasmine A
Vancouver, Canada532 contributions
Skip Yangon Zoo and visit Hlawga instead
Jan 2018 • Friends
Hlawga is a national park in Yangon that has a wildlife park and a small zoo. We first drove through the wildlife park and saw monkeys, deer, some sort of cattle, elephants, and a hippopotamus.

The monkeys, deer, and cattle were all free roaming, and the cattle came right up to me. I was a little nervous, as I had no idea how safe they were, and they had pretty big horns, but they were very docile and I carefully petted them. While the deer were also free roaming, they kept their distance from the people feeding them (you could purchase vegetables to feed them). The hippopotamus was in a large enclosure, and you could purchase leafy greens and feed it. I've never been that close to a hippopotamus before!

There were also four elephants, and I was dismayed to see that they were tied up. And to make matters worse, they were tied up with very short chains or ropes on two or more legs, so that they could not move more than a few steps in each direction. I'm not positive if they are free to roam after hours, but seeing them tied up and unable to move more than a few inches was depressing.

The other portion of Hlawga was a zoo. At the zoo, I saw a tiger and sun bears in large enclosures (a striking contrast to the small cells at the Yangon Zoo), crocodiles, and various birds. With the exception of the chained up elephants, it appears as if the animals are much better taken care of than at the Yangon zoo, based on their enclosures.

There was also an "education" center" with moth eaten taxidermic animals and birds, which really wasn't very good, and in poor condition. Another thing to note: the bathrooms were disgusting, particularly the one near the tiger enclosure. If you have to use the bathroom, avoid the one by the tiger. It was filthy, and the floor was soaking wet, and for some reason, outside of the bathroom, there were a bunch of broken, discarded toilets.

Overall, I enjoyed Hlawga, and it was much better than Yangon Zoo, with the exception of the elephant exhibit. If you like zoos and animals, skip the zoo and go to Hlawga.
Written 11 March 2018
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Botanova
Umeå, Sweden18 contributions
"Nature study tour"
Dec 2017 • Friends
We did visit with our birding guide in Dec 2017 and yes we saw some birds but it is still more of a public park not a true natural place. Inside people feed the animals(monkeys, sambar and pigs) with bananas bought at the gate. The crowds(monkeys) are really waiting for that when entering the parks "safari" route. Then there are of course a few human restaurants too. Good views and food ok at the one we tested. A sad hippo in a tight enclosure was one of the highlights for visitors. We opted out. Saw Open billed storks, Green peafowl, a few ducks and bee-eaters. Also walked through the "open air zoo". A few sad looking animals and birds in a fairly run down facility. But it is a quick and easy accessible place to get a glimpse of what the forest and its inhabitants once did look like.
Written 16 January 2018
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