Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society

About SLWCS Community-Led Conservation We practice holistic, community-based conservation methods, based on sound scientific research and the needs of the local people to manage the local ecosystem, protect communities and their livelihoods, and ensure the long-term protection of our endangered wildlife. ​ Over the years, we have established electric fences around our local villages to protect the people whilst allowing our wild elephant population to range freely. We have set up community-based organisations for human-elephant conflict mitigation, home garden development, and agro-forestry. Meanwhile, our Project Orange Elephant protects farms and homes from crop raiding elephants and supplements the farmer’s income throughout the year. Alongside these projects, we conduct scientific research on Sri Lanka's most endangered wildlife species. Our research began with the endangered Sri Lankan elephant, but has subsequently extended to include Sri Lanka's elusive carnivores, butterflies and marine life.

Date Time: August 17, 2022 | 6:31 pm
Time Zone: GMT+1:00 European Central Time

Total Hours

For more than a decade SLWCS has been working with local communities to:

  • create alternative forms of agriculture
  • provide new cash crops, including oranges and limes (elephants do not like citrus fruits so it is a perfect buffer crop).
  • grow a barrier of citrus trees around their rice and vegetable crops
  • create an effective elephant deterrent and providing new, sustainable income while keeping families and wild elephants safe.

About the Event

Cultivating peace and prosperity one tree at a time For Sri Lankans living in the rural countryside, close encounters with elephants during their day-to-day activities are commonplace. Crop raiding by elephants and the harsh retaliatory measures subsequently taken by people whose livelihoods depend on their farm products feeds a vicious cycle of violence and death. Project Orange Elephant (POE) is helping to ease the tension.