Located between 20'12' N and 94'35' E in Minbu, Setote-taya, Saku and
Ngapeh Townships of Magwe Division.
213.4 square miles.
Year of Establishment
Established as Wildlife Sanctuary in 1940 and strengthened with more
staff in 1985.
Yangon to Magwe, 331 miles by car and Magwe to Minbu, 2
miles by river-route and Minbu to Shwesettaw, 30 miles by car.
To protect and conserve the endemic Shwethamin (Cervus
eldithamin) deer of Myanmar.
To conserve the "Than-dahat" forest which is part of the
Dry Zone Ecosystem and natural habitat of Shwethamin.
To conserve the important Mon and Manh watersheds.
To sustain the environs of the cherished Shwesettaw Buddhist
Bear, Gaur, Sambar, Barking Deer, Eld's deer, Wild
boar and various types of wild cats, wild dogs and birds. In accordance
with 1998 inventory, the population of thamin is increasing by
(1088±269) and the rare Star turtoise (Geochelone platynota) is
Opportunities for Study and Recreation
Observation of the habits and habitats of the Myanmar Shwe Thamin.
Observation of the Dry Zone Ecosystem and wildlife.
Pilgrimage and homage to the footprint of Buddha.
Observation of life and habits of the rare reptile Star tortoise.
Observation of the culture of the Chin ethnic nationals.