J Paing / Irrawaddy
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Hlawga National Park: a Rangoon Weekend Escape, with Monkeys

J Paing The Irrawaddy

RANGOON— A home for hundreds of animal species, Hlawga National Park in Rangoon’s Mingaladon Township marked its twenty-seventh year on Friday.

Established in 1981 as a nature reserve and opened to the public in 1989, the 1,540-acre national park provides a weekend escape for city residents, located just 20 miles (32 kilometers) from the noise and bustle of downtown Rangoon.

Among the various mammal, fish, bird, butterfly and amphibian species, monkeys are the most populous inhabitants, numbering between one and two thousand, according to the Htoo Zoos and Gardens Business Unit, the developer—owned by one of Burma’s most prominent military-linked tycoons, Tay Za—that took over the park from the forestry ministry in late 2010.