Problem pachyderms? ‘Geofencing’ helps reduce Sri Lanka’s human-elephant conflict

As the chief veterinary surgeon at the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC), Tharaka Prasad is probably the only Sri Lankan to receive messages from an elephant (Elephas maximus maximus). Known as Panu Kota, a male elephant roams the Sinharaja Forest Reserve in southern Sri Lanka, and each time he draws close to a nearby village, his collar emits a beep that offers locational information to Prasad.

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