Environmentalists: All Official Statistics on Elephant Bogus

Over 3,400 elephants have been killed since 2011, the last elephant census in the country, and the official elephant population figures are bogus, Sajeewa Chamikara of the Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR) told The Island yesterday.Between 2002 and 2022, there were 4,954 elephant and 1,602 human deaths due to the human-elephant conflict.He said that the human-elephant conflict has been intensifying after the National Physical Plan 2011-2030 was implemented.

“I conducted a study on the human-elephant conflict. I looked at all data on deaths of elephants and humans since 2002. In the period between 2002 and 2006, there were 669 elephant and 300 human deaths due to the man versus beast encounters.

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