Schools Awareness Program, Sri Lanka

Human- elephant conflict is a growing problem in Sri Lanka as elephants are forced to leave the forest looking for food and water. These conflicts lead to human and elephant deaths and damage to crops and property. A 20-year average, recorded by the Department of Wildlife Conservation, shows that 150 elephants and 65 humans are killed each year. With such annual losses, strategies are urgently needed if elephants are to be saved. The Schools Awareness Program has presented curriculum at 1,500 schools in the last 10 years and addresses the value of elephants, the causes of conflict, how to minimize the conflicts and stresses the need for conservation.