Request for information about lone elephants
The Director General of the Department of Wildlife Conservation
Dayananda Kariyawasam has renewed his call to communities living in
Elephant habitat areas to inform the nearest Wildlife Office about lone
elephants straying into their cultivations and homesteads.
Kariyawasam requests people to remain calm if they encounter an
elephant and not to excite the animals which could attack if provoked.
These elephants could be those left behind or gets stranded during
the current elephant drive.
The elephant drive is conducted to relocate pocketed animals in large
national parks where ample food and water are available. In the Wayamba
Drive elephants are driven to Thabbowa, Kahalla-Pallekele and Wilpattu
National Parks and in the Southern Drive to Lunugamvehera National
Since the drives are undertaken on lengthy distances, there remains a
possibility for an elephant or two to get left behind. These are the
elephants who wander about aimlessly. Therefore the best possible course
of action for villagers is to inform the nearest Wildlife Office and not
try to attack the animal, Kariyawasam said.