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Collateral Damage Part 1 – Snares

By DJ & SdS A snare is a hunting device resembling a wire noose. It’s the cheapest and easiest way to trap wild animals. In Sri Lanka, such poached bushmeat consists of wild boar, porcupine and lesser members of the deer family and … Continue reading

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Imagining Human-Elephant Coexistence on World Elephant Day

by DJ & SdS Human-wild elephant interactions usually bring negative outcomes. The friction stems from the never ending competition of resources, mainly land. A conflict is defined as a state of mind in which an individual experiences a clash of … Continue reading

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Wildlife officers see what “evidence” means.

By DJ & SdS Decision making in wildlife management is always challenging; some may bias towards wildlife and others towards human needs. This conflict can be resolved only by making decisions based on facts or scientific data, which constitute a form … Continue reading

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Ethimali Finds Her “Forever Home” In The Wild

by DJ, USW, and SdS (Photos by DJ &UWERP) The female orphaned elephant calf found in Ethimale, Southern Sri Lanka rescued and brought to Elephant Transit Home (ETH), Udawalawa was later named Ethimali. After several years of rehabilitation, she was … Continue reading

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Feeding Our Waste to Wildlife

By DJ, USW, and SdS A study conducted in 2012 revealed that Sri Lankans dispose of 15 million polythene lunch sheets a day and 20 million plastic shopping bags a month. Part of this, along with other household wastes, goes … Continue reading

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How early life may influence the way elephants age

Guest post by Hannah Mumby, Myanmar Elephant Project / University of Sheffield There are a great many reasons to study elephants; they’re endangered, highly social, quite frankly huge and hold a unique and central place in many cultures. They can … Continue reading

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Rehabilitated elephants can be good moms!

By Deepani Jayantha & Sameera Weerathunga In August 2015, one of our frequently sighted females in Uda Walawe named Indika was seen suckling two calves of different ages on either sides of her. The younger male calf Indika was nursing … Continue reading

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Elephant Ecosystems – An Earth Day Special!

Rob Nelson of Untamed Science helped us realize this long-time goal to create little animated eco-messages about elephants.  Here’s the first installment! Elephant Ecosystems Or: Why do we need large wild animals? Teachers, students and would-be conservationists: you can download this … Continue reading

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Who misses the mega-fauna, if they disappear?

Guest post & graphics by Nitin Sekar, Princeton University All around the planet, the world’s largest animal species are becoming very rare. Whether we speak of giant tortoises, large wild cows like gaur, rhinoceroses, hippos, tigers, or whales, local extinction or … Continue reading

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CSU gets ready for Palm Oil Awareness Day

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