Run by: The Great Projects
Reference number: The Great Elephant Project
Start dates are every Monday year-round.
Based on the outskirts of the wild Wasgamuwa National Park, thiselephant conservation project is one of Sri Lanka's most meaningful offerings.The ultimate aim is to assess and subsequently reduce the conflict betweenhumans and elephants, so both can coexist in harmony within one habitat.
The project offers an opportunity to partake in true elephantconservation, using GPS, camera/sound traps and remote sensors alongside othertraditional methods (such as tracking trails and hide observation), in thehopes of limiting the effects of conflict over time. If you have ever wanted toaid conservation efforts while also making a difference to local communities,look no further than right here.
On this project, you will get the chance to take part in a widevariety of exciting activities. Below are some examples of some of thoseincluded in this project.
Elephant Observation And Data Logging:
Volunteers will spend their afternoons and an evening in a tree hutlocated within an elephant corridor. The purpose of this is to collect data onthe spatial and temporal distribution of passing wild elephants and to observehow villagers and elephants interact, as both factions use the area.
Human-Elephant Conflict Resolutions:
You will assist in the various initiatives that have been put in placeby the project to help alleviate the human-elephant conflict in the area. Eachyear, it is estimated that 200 elephants and 80 humans die as a direct resultof this conflict so this part of the project makes an invaluable difference toboth human and elephant communities.
Wasgamuwa National Park:
Included in the price of the project is a trip to Wasgamuwa NationalPark where you will take a safari through the forest on the lookout for allmanner of species. Here you can encounter even more wild elephants, slothbears, deer, buffalo and even the elusive leopard if you’re lucky!
The team will spend a session walking along a trail and recording dungfound alongside it. The aim of the trail transect is to investigate Sri Lankanelephant abundance outside the park, seasonal variation of populations, and theanimals' habitat preference.
Electric Fence Monitoring:
Each team will check the state of the solar-powered electricfences, which have been erected to stop elephants from entering villages. Oncechecked, the status of their conditions will then be relayed to the local fencecommittees, who maintain and operate the fences.
Species Observation and Data Logging:
You will take part in jungle treks where you will collect data on elephants,carnivores and other species through the use of camera traps, sand traps andremote GPS. The purpose of this is to identify the overall health of thejungle, and from there appropriate conservation decisions can be made.
Teaching English At The Local Schools:
For a community orientated wildlife conservation project, it’s nosurprise that volunteers will assist with teaching English at the local schoolsto help the children with their exams. This is also an excellent chance toimpart knowledge to them about the importance of preserving elephants!
This project truly is a life-changing experience, so why not get involved today?
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