Wild Elephant Conservation

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Wild Elephant Conservation – Sri Lanka
Would you like to take part in a fascinating research project to protect wild elephants? Get up close to wild elephant herds and assist with conservation efforts with the locals in Sri Lanka.
At a glance:
Volunteering: with Wild Elephants in Sri Lanka
Accommodation: Shared volunteer houses
Meals: all meals provided
Dates: All year round
Minimum stay: 2 weeks
​What animals will I look after?
This volunteer project is working in alliance with the Sri Lanka Wildlife Society and offers volunteers a rare opportunity to work alongside local conservationists, educators, community partners and local villagers, deep within the heart of beautiful Sri Lanka.
This is a true conservation project where wild elephants are not touched at all as they are all in their natural habitat and it is a genuine research based project involving elephant tracking, monitoring, observations, and education to the local communities, as well as running education campaigns and awareness programs.
About the Elephant Sri Lanka Project:
There is an urgent need for strategic action designed to mitigate human-elephant conflicts to save the endangered wild elephants of Sri Lanka and enhance the welfare of captive elephants.
It is thought that wild animals may catch diseases by coming into contact with domestic cattle, which are released to park’s grasslands by the villagers. Wild animals (particularly elephants) have to compete with these cattle, which have occupied the grazing lands and water pools. The cattle also damage the park’s electric fence.
What you will be doing:
Daily work hours will depend on activities but it will be from early mornings till early evenings. Some of the activities you’ll be doing include:
  • Gathering information on elephants and other wildlife and tropical ecosystems.
  • Collecting essential environmental and socio-economic data to help develop community-based conservation programs.
  • Participating in discussions with local villagers to help identify practical solutions to human- elephant conflicts.
  • Observing, assessing and documenting human-elephant conflicts. Teaching environmental education to local school children.
  • Building and mending fencing to protect agricultural crops and homes from damage by wild elephants.
  • Shared guesthouses
  • Wifi available
  • All meals are included
  • Volunteers are picked up and taken to a guesthouse on arrival day. All volunteers will be met by our local team and given time to meet and greet as well as relax and enjoy traditional meals.
  • The next day after a short briefing the volunteers will be transported to Polonnaruwa near the Wasgamuwa National Park where they will be met by the local conservation team. It will take approximately 4-5 hours by car to reach the project site (230 km by car).
  • On arrival the team will be giving training and orientation once more related to the actual project work and information on the area Depending on the time of arrival the group will be going out into field for elephant observation.
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