Asian Elephants have great cultural, ecological and economic value in the 13 countries they inhabit, but conflict with the local communities is still a primary threat to the species.
This project helps educate Sri Lankan school children about the importance of elephants, the value of conservation and how to minimise habitat destruction. These workshops have increased understanding among the children and within their communities of the need for elephant conservation and the importance of biodiversity.
Taronga is a key partner in an Australasian conservation breeding program for Asian Elephants. Such programs act as insurance against a catastrophe in the wild and therefore rely on local people to support the habitat of free-ranging populations. This successful project is an excellent example of how education and consultation can secure a bright future for both wildlife and people.
The Biodiversity & Elephant Conservation Trust (BECT) Sri Lanka is a not-for-profit organisation, active in the conservation of elephants and biodiversity of Sri Lanka.
BECT believes resolving human-elephant conflict as essential to the conservation of elephants. One such strategy is creating awareness among school children in rural Sri Lanka, where there are on-going human-elephant conflicts.