The Final Nail in the Coffin of the Wild Elephant

Part 1 dealt with how that icon of Uda Walawe, Rambo the mature bull elephant who has been conditioned to accept food from those passing the National Park, now faces the prospect of imprisonment in an Elephant Holding Ground (EHG). Part 2 discussed the fact that EHGs are built for political expediency and not conservation advantage and the possible ecological disasters that may happen if an EHG is built within a national park. There are, however, Cabinet approved conservation policies available for the mitigation of Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC) to make these drastic measures unnecessary. According to a media report, it seems that the Government has decided to sideline this science and research produced at the request of the President himself through a Presidential Committee appointed to the task and revert to that of a previous military leader – waging war on wild elephants.

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