The Plight of the Lone Elephant

Her trees are cut and her habitat destroyed. So she came in search of food and fell into a well. Wildlife officers say she is a loner and that she was not with a herd. The villagers say she was attacking them and should be relocated.

Due to pressure by the villagers, a request was made to the Director General Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC), Chandana Sooriyabandara, by wildlife officers of the area. Soon after, the she- elephant was taken away in a lorry and translocated to the Wilpattu National Park (WNP).

Environmentalists have now voiced their concerns as to why the DWC took a decision to translocate a female elephant, as there are no records of a she-elephant attacking villagers and causing a Human- Elephant Conflict (HEC).

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