Sri Lanka as an island is remarkably blessed with natural beauty and an abundance of wildlife. But there is a dark side to Sri Lanka’s natural identity. Over the last year, the island renowned for leopards and elephants has seen the deaths of more than 12 leopards and over 400 elephants, the vast majority of which are a direct result of human-animal conflict. Additionally, only 17% of our landmass is closed-canopy forest cover. These are just some of the concerning statistics regarding wildlife and nature conservation in Sri Lanka.