The Bells Tolls for “The Gathering”

Emaciated and just skin and bone, ghostly creatures are haunting the Minneriya and Kaudulla areas, where once roamed the majestic wild elephant in numbers as large as 400, drawing excited tourists to the acclaimed ‘Gathering’, bringing in the much-needed dollars.

Wild elephants, especially babies and juveniles, in this area are dying! No it is not speculation, the Sunday Times learnt on contacting the Centre for Conservation and Research (CCR) and also the former Director-General of the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC), Dr. Sumith Pilapitiya who are looking closely at the plight of wild elephants in Sri Lanka.

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