The human – elephant conflict has led to the unfortunate deaths of at least 83 Sri Lankan elephants already in the first three months of 2021. Yet another gentle giant died this week at the hands of a poacher in Galkiriyagama, Anuradhapura after being shot. According to the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) the elephant was just 10 years old.
The Sri Lankan Elephant has continued to see a drastic drop in population over the years with the ever increasing human – elephant conflict. Last year the DWC said elephant deaths had dropped by 22 percent compared to 2019.
At least 318 elephants were recorded as killed in 2020 compared to the 407 in 2019, which led to Sri Lanka earning the undesired title as the world’s number one country for elephant deaths.