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5879 elephants in SL

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The results of the recent island wide elephant census revealed that there are 5879 elephants in the country which is the highest density of wild elephants in the Asian continent, Minister of Agrarian Services and Wildlife S. M Chandrasena said today.

According to the census there are 1107 baby elephants and 122 are tuskers. The island wide elephant survey was conducted dividing the country into seven parts, Wildlife Department Director General H. D. Ratnayake said. The statistics showed that the highest number of elephants are concentrated in the Mahaweli region where 1751 elephants were recorded. The lowest number of elephants is in the Central region where 47 elephants were found. There are 1573 elephants in the Eastern region, 1189 in the North Eastern region and 1086 in the Southern region.  

The Minister said the large number of baby elephants was a further sign of an increasing elephant population in the country. Ratnayake said the census was to find remedies to stop the human-elephant conflict, to ensure their protection and to seek new methods to manage them.

The census was conducted in 1553 observation points with the participation of 3500 officers from the Wildlife Department, Army and residents in the areas where the census was conducted and other participants. The islandwide elephant census was conducted from August 11 to 14. The last elephant census was in 1993 which did not cover the North and Eastern provinces.

He said although environmental groups have stated that the purpose of the elephant census was to hand-pick some 300 elephants for domestication and that they would be sold to temples, the minister said that would not be permitted.” We will only permit lone elephants that are found stranded or selected elephants in the Pinnawala orphanage to be given to temples. No other elephants will be allowed to be domesticated,” he said. (Olindhi Jayasundere)

 
 

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-0+1 # sagarika 2011-09-02 17:28
do we have access to these field records?
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-1+3 # Gayan Samarasekara 2011-09-02 18:03
but how many in the working committee?
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-1+3 # UNP 2011-09-02 22:00
In the jungle or the parliment?
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-1+1 # modawansa 2011-09-02 22:00
How did they count it get that exact figures?
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-6+4 # freehit 2011-09-02 22:55
Highest density? Yet they lose elections !
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-1+9 # Jayantha de Alwis 2011-09-03 05:33
Do not forget that this man S. M Chandrasena is the person who cheated compensation given to Maviaru farmers. We need to keep our eyes wide open, in order to protect the elephants.
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-3+6 # Manujer 2011-09-03 10:52
All the rogue wild elephants must be tamed rather than being killed, about 250, annually. Who talks about this tragedy ?
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-0+0 # Patriot 2011-09-05 09:59
Wild elephants should be allowed to roam in the wilderness Manujer not tamed... Humans should stop eating into elephant habitat...
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-7+4 # Mike 2011-09-03 11:29
Is this including all two legged "Alli" too
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-0+1 # eresh S kumara 2011-09-03 16:39
122 Tuskers is very important
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-0+3 # namal 2011-09-03 17:17
Forest cover and wild life should be protected at any cost. They are not this marumus Minister's or Others private property.
already there is a d rout because of the way they kill elephants and grab their habitat.
more will follow unless President come to his senses now. and implement law & order in those areas.
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-0+0 # nawala nihal 2011-09-03 23:29
only 122 tuskers...? no wonder thinking the number of tuskers killing to full fill politicians wows...
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-0+2 # faqi 2011-09-04 01:46
The problem in Sri Lanka are not the elephants but the humans who have encroached into the elephants environment. Elephants lack the necessary space, as all the jungles are being encroached upon by humans. The elephants only have the protected reserves and hardly any corridors for them to roam about from one area to another, without coming into deadly contact with humans.
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-1+2 # Nagaragiri Kiththil 2011-09-04 12:33
You are wrong, now its one less ,Molligoda crossed over and he is not an elephant.
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