This is indeed very good news….. if one can take the DWLC seriously. Elephant enthusiasts, scientists and researchers have all been of the unanimous view that translocation of elephants is not a suitable solution for mitigating HEC. Most translocations are fraught with risks and dangers, and in any event it is not a long term solution…it is only changing the pillow, while the head-ache still remains
It appears that the unprecedented loss of the famous Siyambalgamuwa Tusker, while being translocated by the DWLC last November, has had some impact on this decision. There were many discussions after this incident to curtail translocations and to implement Best Practice Guide Lines, if translocation was to be carried out as a very last resort.
(Sri Lanka’s most majestic tusker in the wild was hurriedly translocated by DWLC in November last year. The elephant, who had the most perfect and magnificent tusks – possibly the largest- met with an untimely and gruesome death due to the floor boards of the lorry that was being used for the translocation, giving away and the elephant suffocating to death).