Image copyright Anbarasan Ethirajan Image caption There are an estimated 7,500 wild elephants in Sri Lanka A record number of elephants – 361 – have died in Sri Lanka during 2019, environmental groups say. It is highest figure of elephant deaths since Sri Lanka became independent in 1948, conservationists said. Most were killed by people.There…

Kaudulla National Park in central Sri Lanka, August 2019.

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There are an estimated 7,500 wild elephants in Sri Lanka

A story selection of elephants – 361 – like died in Sri Lanka for the duration of 2019, environmental groups deliver.

It’s highest figure of elephant deaths since Sri Lanka modified into honest in 1948, conservationists acknowledged. Most had been killed by folks.

There are an estimated 7,500 wild elephants in Sri Lanka. Killing them is unlawful, however the animals in total come into battle with rural communities.

Elephants are revered in Sri Lanka but some farmers understand them as pests.

Sajeewa Chamikara, an environmentalist from the Circulate for Land and Agricultural Reform, told the BBC that some 85% of elephant deaths closing year would possibly possible well had been introduced on by human activity.

He acknowledged communities had mature electric fences, poison and explosives concealed as food to abolish the animals.

In September, officers acknowledged they suspected seven elephants stumbled on uninteresting in a reserve had been poisoned by native residents for destroying vegetation.

BBC World Carrier South Asia editor Anbarasan Ethirajan says the growth of villages and farms in Sri Lanka has contributed to dwindling presents of food and water for the animals.

Officials like promised to work to earn to the underside of the battle by placing fences between elephant habitats and rural communities.

But Mr Chamikara acknowledged the manager major to maintain extra to strengthen the effective of bring collectively areas, such as tackling the instruct of invasive vegetation which grow over grasslands that feed the elephants.

“Our fashion realizing will not be eco-generous. We wish sustainable fashion realizing,” he acknowledged.

Trains are to blame for killing some wild elephants for the duration of their migration. Others die of pure causes, he acknowledged.

Dozens of elephants are kept in captivity in Sri Lanka to purchase profits from vacationers, while others are forced to march at native fairs.

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