As of 2020, Sri Lanka was home to roughly 7,500 wild elephants. One of the island's most popular attractions, the animals are unfortunately dying at record rates as a result of continuing encroachment, the worsening human-elephant conflict, and the illegal elephant trade.
On World Elephant Day, Roar would like to share a selection of past stories that delve into the treatment and plight of elephants in Sri Lanka, highlighting the urgent need for the protection of one of the country’s most at-risk populations.
The Garbage-Eating Elephants Of Oluvil
Farmers’ Fast: The Walsapugala Wild Elephant Problem
Kaavan The Elephant: Lonely No More
A Closer Look At Sri Lanka’s Illegal Elephant Trade
Elephants In Parades: Is It Illegal?
Saving A Species: The Future Of The Human-Elephant Conflict
Who Should Deal With The Human-Elephant Conflict?
Photo credit: National Geographic