AN aged-old tiger house
of Yangon Zoological
Gardens was decorated
with a blue plaque as an urban
heritage of the commercial city
Named “King Edward VII 1915 Carnivora House”, the tiger house was built with a surplus of the trust fund set up to erect a memorial statue of King Edward VII in 1910.
Built in 1915, the tiger house was decorated with designs of the early 1900s, and since then the enclosure has been accommodating the world’s biggest cats throughout the successive periods. It is now the home of white tigers, which are rare to find in the world.
“I hope the Yangon Zoo will become a wildlife sanctuary, and not just an animal cage, where children can learn and gain knowledge,” said Dr Thant Myint Tun, founder and chair of Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT).
Chief Minister of Yangon Region U Phyo Min Thein and officials of YHT and the zoo witnessed the installation of the Blue Plaque, which reads that the tiger house was opened in 1906 as the first building of the Southeast Asia’s oldest zoo, which was once called Victoria Memorial Park and Zoological Gardens.
“Our 22nd blue plaque is installed in Yangon Zoo which has been the most visited place of the commercial city throughout the past successive years till now. It is a place where knowledge can be sought, especially by children, and where families can enjoy a fine vacation. The designation of this important place as an urban heritage is an honour for all of us,” said director Daw Moe Moe Lwin of YHT.
The blue plaques bear witness to the historical significance of Yangon, apart from preserving and protecting ancient urban heritage as important public places where people can gain knowledge and find pleasure.