Comparative Study of Wild Elephant Social Behavior in Sri Lanka

This project will study the social behavior of elephants at Uda Walawe and Minneriya National Parks (MNP) to create photographic identification files of individual elephants using that study area, and collect behavioral and demographic data on age structure, births and deaths. In addition, workshops for wildlife managers will be conducted to disseminate information while also working with local NGOs and schools to engage the public likely to experience conflict with elephants to build relationships that will lead to better management and awareness of the needs of elephants in situ. Findings should also be of relevant to managers ex situ in making informed decisions about the welfare of captive animals.