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Elephant Conservation

Around 150 elephants and 50 people die every year as a result of the human elephant conflict in Sri Lanka. So what do you do? Put all the elephants in protected areas and fence them in? Unfortunately, the thousands of elephants living outside cannot be stuffed into a few protected areas. Therefore, we need to look for alternative strategies for elephant conservation.



Tracking Elephants

How do you study elephants? Elephants are huge, so surely are easy to find, observe and study? Unfortunately, that is far from the truth. An elephant can be as secretive and quiet as a mouse and just disappear into the forest like a ghost... Therefore, we are tracking elephants using new GPS collars.

Elephant Awareness Program CCR

Awareness Program

How can we better mitigate the human-elephant-conflict? In Sri Lanka it causes the annual death of over 200 elephants and 70 humans. Through our research we learned a lot on how elephants respond to the currently used managment strategies. With an awareness program we want to explain our findings to the people. They are the ones who are asking for action!



Electric Fences

What would happen if an elephant touched an electric fence? It would get a ‘thundering shock’ that hopefully it will never forget and therefore will never touch a fence again! With this in mind we explore electric fencing as an elephant management strategy.

Social Organisation

Asian elephants were thought to have a similar social organisation to African savannah elephants, with a very hierarchical complex social structure. However, our research suggests that Asian elephants have a very different social organisation.


Tsunami Impact on Natural Areas

The tsunami that impacted Sri Lanka on 26th December 2004 caused massive loss of human lives and extensive damage to our infrastructure. But what were its effects on natural eco-systems? Are natural systems resilient enough to take it in their stride? Can tsunamis be an important force in shaping coastal eco-systems? These are some of the questions we want to answer through our tsunami project.