Sanctuary to conserve elephants
Agrarian Services and Wildlife Minister SM Chandrasena, told the
Daily News the government would set up a sanctuary in the Anuradhapura
district in the North Central Province, as part of the elephant
The sanctury would cost the government Rs. 250 million, while the
land for the elephant sanctuary would be located in an extent of 3,000
acres in the Horowpathana area.
Minister Chandrasena said monies collected from foreigners and
visitors to the sanctuary, would be used to maintain it and for the
welfare of the elephants, which would in turn help develop the tourism
The food for the elephants would be purchased from the people of the
area, he said.
Statistics have revealed the human-elephant conflict has resulted in
the killing of a number of elephants during the past few years. The
government has taken measures to protect humans and elephants, while
minimizing human-elephant conflicts.(PK)