Wild Elephant Experience – 4 Weeks Programs
Wasgamuwa – Sri Lanka
Join our efforts in the conservation of wild elephants of Sri Lanka and get yourself involved in research, observation, and many other activities!
This program aims to assist in developing conservation strategies to help conserve elephants, leopards, other wildlife and their habitats in the Central and North Central Provinces of Sri Lanka. You will also get a chance to work at our turtle rehabilitation centre.
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Program Duration & Availability
Minimum duration (4 weeks)
This program is a 4-week program. On your first 3 weeks Wasgamuwa you will be observing and documenting the activities of elephants in the wilds of Sri Lanka. On the fourth week, you will be at our turtle conservation project, looking after endangered sea turtles that are unable to survive in the wild due to illness, injuries etc. and also you will have an opportunity to live by the blue ocean.
You will spend 3 weeks in Wasgamuwa observing and researching the behaviour of wild elephants, assessing human-elephant conflicts, biodiversity mapping using surveying techniques, community-integrated human-elephant conflict resolution, monitoring electric fences, and sustainable rural livelihood development programs. Participants also learn about using GPS, remote sensing and GIS techniques to develop conservation strategies to help conserve elephants, leopards, other wildlife and their habitats in the Central and North Central Provinces of Sri Lanka.
On the wild elephant conservation project, you will enjoy the experiences of:
- Observing the behaviour of wild elephants, birds and other wildlife from the Tree Huts and field vehicles and
- While Trekking, you will observe wildlife & birds, look for leopard & elephant signs, observe various habitats, and visit forest hermitages
- Bird watching and generally observing and enjoying nature around the Field House.
- You will work assisting with elephant research, you will be utilising many tools during your stay, including GPS, remote sensing and GIS techniques, also biodiversity mapping using various surveying techniques. All aimed at developing strategies to help conserve elephants, leopards and other wildlife in their natural habitats in the surrounding area.
- Lastly, you will become actively involved in helping the local community assessing human and elephant interaction which often includes involvement with conflict resolution, monitoring electric fences which are erected to stop elephants from raiding crops and village homes
- Visit the Weheragala village to observe a human-elephant conflict resolution project, meet and discuss the issues and challenges with community leaders and villagers all aimed at sustainable rural development and conservation.
These activities will occupy your 3 weeks working with these wonderful creatures.
The 4th week of the project will be spent at our Turtle Conservation project at Ambalangoda. This project rescues and rehabilitates endangered sea turtles and also aids nesting and carries out other conservation-related activities. You will be transferred (by bus or train) to Ambalangoda, a small Sri Lankan town situated next to the blue waters of the Indian Ocean in the Bay of Bengal with pure white sandy beaches, a perfect way to end your stay in Sri Lanka. Here you will participate in our Turtle Conservation Project.
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Aims & Objectives
- This project is aimed at developing strategies to help conserve wild elephants, leopards and other wildlife in their natural habitats in Wasgamuwa and also to be actively involved in helping the local community.