July 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Wild Life Department is to conduct its first-ever elephant census in the country next month, wild life officials said.
The Director General of Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Department Chandrawansa Pathiraja has told AP news agency that the census will be conducted on August 13 and 14.
The official said the elephants that come to drink water at water holes and reservoirs will be counted over the two days.
Sri Lanka’s wild elephant population has dwindled in the recent years to about 5,000-6,000 elephants according to the Wild Life Department surveys, as their habitats are increasingly encroached by the human population
Around 50 wild elephants have died due to the floods in the Eastern and North Central provinces early this year.
The human-elephant conflict is escalating in Sri Lanka as elephant habitat is encroached by development and elephants are invading villages in search of food.