Green Hill Valley was founded in 2011 by a family with a history of working with elephants in the Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE). The focus is primarily on providing care for elephants that are no longer fit to work. The family realized that Myanmar elephants working in timber camps were in precarious situation as logging slows down due to a variety of factors. Another reason for starting the GHV camp was the desire to educate and share information with both local residents and foreign visitors.
In 2012, the family managed to hire several disabled elephants from the MTE and a five-year-old male was added in July 2012. Thanks to the income provided by visitors, elephants at GHV can enjoy their full retirement and receive the veterinary care they require.
To introduce the beauty of Myanmar nature and friendship with exotic landscape. Beneficiary for local to develop the region with work opportunities. Environmental preservatioin and re-plantation will take part of project for forest revovery.
As we have been traveled through all over Myanmar for our professional guiding, we came to know that it would be a good timing to introduce our elephants in tourism with perspective view of nature and adventure, then we tried to include a program for re-plantation in our forest revovery.
With 3 years of our regional survey in entire southern Shan state, we settled up our main camp in Magwe village (In the area close to Wet Phyu Ye reservoir, Kalaw township in southern Shan state). The place used to be a big timber logging camp with more than 20 elephants at the time of our late parents (around 1960s).
Green Hill Valley operate by the Enthusiasm of the whole Team who loved to share their passion on elephants. GHV Team is working under management of 3 family members: Dr. Ba (Veterinarian, Project Manager) and 2 of our Founders Htun & Maw.
Both founders, Htun and Maw have worked in tourism for over two decades and they both decided to introduce ethical tourism in Myanmar with elephants.
Htun Htun Wynn is originally from Kalaw, Htun worked as a French-speaking tour guide for over a decade. He has grown fond of elephants thanks to his Uncle Ba, who is related to his wife’s family. His admiration of elephants and his love of the outdoors led him to found GHV with his family, where he now leads operations.
Tin Win Maw, Maw grew up in a family that worked for the Myanmar Timber Enterprise and has been around elephants ever since she was little. At an early age, the work of her Uncle Ba allowed her to learn first-hand about elephants. She encouraged her husband and her uncle to setup a camp for retired timber elephants. She helped implement an educational project with the adjacent village that provides primary education for local children. She has also managed to send the children of the GHV elephant team to study in the village primary school. With the help of her team, she is in charge of key administrative duties dealing with both tourism and government ministry sectors.
PROJECT MANAGER - VETERINARIAN
For over 30 years Ba worked with the Myanmar Timber Enterprise (M.T.E.) Elephant Department. He has a wealth of experience with both wild and domesticated elephants. Much of his time has been spent in the jungle with elephants. He has also participated in exchange programs with foreign zoos. Green Hill Valley relies on Ba and his fellow M.T.E. vets to provide medical care for the retired elephants.