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Elephant Transit Home (Eth Athuru sevana) at Udawalawe

A centre for rehabilitation of orphaned wild elephants has been established at Udawalawe National Park by the Department of Wildlife Conservation. Increase of the country’s population, large scale irrigation and agricultural projects have fragmented the former habitat of elephants resulting elephant mortality and decrease of population. Despite the mitigation measures to control human elephant conflict considerable number of elephant claves was recorded as orphans.

The DWLC pioneered a research project in 1995 at Udawalawe to rehabilitate and supplement wild elephant orphans back to wild. It has been successfully carried out with four releases in 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004, 2007, 2008, visitor could enjoy the antics of these babies from a viewing platform at the center. The DWLC calls for public support to minimize the expense from the public by joining the foster-parent scheme and Help wild elephant orphans program.

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