Chatthin Sanctuary


Located between 23'36' N and 92'32' E in Kanbula Township of Sagaing Division.


103.55 square miles.

Year of Establishment

Established in 1941.


    (a) Yangon via Manadalay to Chatthin, 502 miles by rail.
    (b) Yangon via Mamdalay to Shwebo, 577 miles by car, Shwebo to Chatthin, 80 miles by car.



  1. To conserve and protect the Dry Forest Ecosystem and related biological species.
  2. To preserve one of the World's endangered animals, Thamin spp. (Cervus eldi Thamin) which can be found only in Myanmar and to maintain an optimum number for the existence of this species.
  3. To estiblish an out-door laboratory to study the ecology of Thamin and the biodiversity.
  4. To estiblish a center for public recreation and natural environmental education.
  5. To upgrade the sancturay to promote ecotourism.


Forest / Vegetative Types

  1. Low Indaing Forests.
  2. High Indaing Forests.
  3. Flooded Indaing Forests.
  4. Upper Mixed Deciduous Forests.
  5. Grass Savanna Matric Forests.



    Macaca species, barking deer, wild boar, wild dog, leopard, cat species, bats and Guano species, amphibian species and 158 species of birds and approvimately 1530 numbers of Thamin reside in the park.

Medicinal Plants and Herbs

Altogether 69 species of medicinal plants and herbs have recorded in the latest inventory survey.

Conservation, Development and Research Programmes

  1. Conservation of wildlife and natural forests.
  2. Establishment of natural regeneration and plantation in the buffer-zero and taungya encroachment areas.
  3. Construction of rest houses in Kye-In to facilitate ecotourism schemes.
  4. Education works for conserving natural ecology with the assistance and aid of the Smithsonion Institution from the United Ststes of America.
  5. With the assistance and aid of Smithsonian Institution,
    • Commencing from 1995, research works on data collection by Radio-telemetry and other advance techniques have been carried out for the World endangered species; Thamin and its ecology.
    • Research works on Dry Forest habitat species and their phenological charecteristics are begin conducted.
    • Commencing from 1996, Bird banding and survey on the occurence and movement of resident forest birds in the dry forest have been carried out.
    • Commencing from July, 1998, research on Herpeto-fauna has been carried out.
    • Initiating insect servey sicne October, 1998.
    • Commencing from April, 1998, research on Taw-Hkwe and other carnivorous. Wild dogs, the main predators to Thamin, are being carried out.
  6. Establishment of a small boidiversity museum with survey works, research works and collection of data and scientific speciments.


Opportunities for Study and Recreation

  1. Study of the Dry Forest ecosystem.
  2. Enjoyment of the natural beauty of the famous Kye-In wetlans.
  3. Study on the advance research works on wildlife.
  4. Study on the medicinal plants, climber and biodiversity museum in chatthin Wildlife sanctuary.
  5. Rest house in San Myaung and another temporary building, each of which can accomodate 4 guests.



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Useful Myanmar Phrases

Auspicious to you all
Mingalar Bad

How are you?
nei kaun: ye. la:

Good morning
mingala nan ne khin: ba

Good evening
kaun: tho: nya. nei khin: ba

Good night/Good Bye
thwa: bi

Thank you
kyei: zu: tin ba de

Thank you very much
kyei: zu: amya: gyi: tin ba de

I cannot speak Myanmar
Myanmar lo matat' bu:

Do you understand?
khamya: na: le tha la:

May I take a photograph?
da' poun yai' lo. ya. mala:

May I use the telephone?
te li hpon: thoun: lo. ya. ma. la:

Where is the restroom?
ein tha be ma shi. tha le:

How much?
be lau' le:

What's that?
e: da ba le:

Very expensive
zei: mya: de

See you again
noun gya. thei: da paw.

Please to meet you.
twei. ya. da wan: tha ba de

Good luck
kan kaun: ba zei

sel' mashi ba ne.

Excuse me
thi: khan ba

It's all right.
ya ba de

Yes (Male)
hou' ke khin bya.

Yes (Female)
hou' ke shin.

hin. in:

da ge la:

It's impossible.
ma hpyi' nain bu:

hpyi' nain ba de

I beg your pardon (Male)
khin mya (?)

I beg your pardon (Male)
Shin (?)

Can I help you?
ku nyi ba ya. zei

kegya. ba oun:

hla. lai' ta

I want...
...gyin de


I want to go...
... go thwa: gyin ba de

Where is...? na: ma le:

Turn left
be be cho:

Turn right
nya be cho:

Straight ahead
te, de. thwa: ba

Stop here
dima ya' ba

Slow down
hpyei: byei:

Be careful
tha di: hta: ba

Be careful, don't drive too fast
tha di: hta: ba: phyie: byei: maun:

Turn back
pyan hie:

Turn back
pyan hie:

How much do I owe you?
be lau' kya. tha le:

Keep the change
maan: ne. daw


lei zei

Bus Station
ba saka: hma' tain

Railway Station
buda youn

hou te

than youn:

hsei: youn

hsei: gan:

Police Station
ye: sa khan:

Post Office
sa dai


River Boat jetty
thin: baw: zei'

Guest house
e. yei' tha

sa: thau' hsain

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