Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park

အလောင်းတော် ကဿပ အမျိုးသားဥယျာဥ်

National Designation

National Park,ASEAN Heritage Park

Designation Type


Established Year


Area (ha)


Ecosystem and Topology

Bio unit

9a. Terrestrial

Bio unit N

Myanmar Dry Zone

Habitat types

Evergreen Forest

Other Attributes

Designation Date




Protection level


Site governance

Federal or national ministry or agency

Management authority

Nature and Wildlife Conservation Division


Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park is located in Kani and Mingin Townships of Sagaing Region in upper Myanmar. It is also an ASEAN Heritage Park. Sandy, gravel, very sticky clay, limestone, shale and rock are the ground types of the site. Average rainfall ranges from 25 to 50mm and average temperature is recorded as 10 to 40°C. Elevation ranges from 135 to 1335m in the site. Two rivers, Pahtolone and Taungdwin Chaung Magyi, flow in the park.

Natural Resources

Mixed deciduous forest (moist upper, dry upper and lower) is the typical forest type of the site. Other forest types are evergreen forest and pine forest. About 150 tree species, 42 orchid species, 10 bamboo species, 4 cane species and more than 50 medicinal plants have been recorded from the park. Regarding the wildlife, the Indian tiger (Panthera tigris) is probably not present anymore. Twenty to 40 leopards (Panthera pardus), about 50 Asian elephants (Elephas maximus), 40 gaurs (Bos gaurus), 300 sambar deers (Cervus unicolor), muntjac, bear, cat species, insects and aquatic animals have been observed by park staff. Thirteen reptile species, 240 butterfly species and more than 240 bird species are also recorded from the park.

Key species


Cumulative EVI Anomaly

The enhanced vegetation index (EVI) is an 'optimized' vegetation index designed to enhance the vegetation signal with improved sensitivity in high biomass regions and improved vegetation monitoring through a de-coupling of the canopy background signal and a reduction in atmosphere influences. Landsat Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI) is similar to Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) and can be used to quantify vegetation greenness. However, EVI corrects for some atmospheric conditions and canopy background noise and is more sensitive in areas with dense vegetation.

Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park Cumulative EVI anomaly over time
Main purposes


Cultural Heritage





Tourism and Recreation Areas
Oil & Gas Drilling
Roads & Railroads
Hunting & Collecting Terrestrial Animals
Gathering Terrestrial Plants

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Myanma Protected Areas: Context,Current Status, and Challenges

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