Elephants hold great cultural and religious significance in Sri Lanka; however, they’re viewed as a nuisance by many rural people, as they invade farms looking for crops. The aim of the Wild Elephant Conservation project in Sri Lanka is to develop effective measures to resolve human-elephant conflict and to ensure wild elephants are no longer being killed by farmers.
This unique and exciting project gives you the chance to directly help wild elephants in Sri Lanka. Together with the local wildlife conservation society, you’ll assist in observing the behavior of wild elephants and carry out research-related tasks within the Wasgamuwa region, in the Central Province of Sri Lanka.
By volunteering with elephants, you’ll help with a range of tasks, including:
- Observing wild elephants and human-elephant interactions
- Monitoring the behavior of wild elephants and observing birds and other wildlife
- Trekking to observe wildlife and birds, looking for signs of leopard and elephant activity
- Observing various habitats and visit forest hermitages
- Birding and observing nature around the volunteer camp
- Monitoring electric fences erected to stop elephants from raiding village homes
- Meeting with community leaders and members to monitor human-elephant conflict resolution projects
- Gaining experience in the use of GPS
- Getting involved in initiatives such as ‘Project Orange Elephant’ and using honey bees as an elephant deterrent.
These initiatives all aim to develop conservation strategies focused on mitigating human-elephant conflicts and conserving elephants, leopards, other wildlife and their habitats in the central and north-central provinces of Sri Lanka
It’s important to note you won’t be interacting with elephants directly, but rather observing their movements in the jungle.
The Elephant Conservation project has a minimum duration of 2 weeks. All volunteers take part in introduction week in Kandy from Monday to Friday, before traveling to the project site on Sunday. You must apply for the Elephant Conservation project no later than 2 weeks before you wish to begin.Apply now