A herd of Sri Lankan elephants

The Sri Lankan elephant is one of three recognized subspecies of the Asian Elephant. A native to the tropical island of Sri Lanka, this type of elephant has been listed as endangered by the IUCN since 1986. The population has declined by at least 50% over the last three generations, estimated to be about 60 to 75 years.

Today, the Sri Lanka elephant is protected under the Sri Lankan endangerment law and killing one carries the death penalty.

An elephant at an orphanage

In the mid 1900s, many elephants were used in the logging business. In the early 90s, however, the island made the switch from elephant power to more of a modern use of trucks and saws. A lot of elephants used for logging now reside in elephant orphanages, where they're able to live safely without the threat of poachers.

To learn more about this endangered elephant and how Sri Lanka is working hard to protect it, please see the below video showcasing a program dedicated to providing a safe life for these animals:


Created with images by mistermunay - "IMG_0474" • -Jérôme- - "Elephant toddler" • el_jambere - "Elephant, Sri Lanka" • Konstantin Zamkov - "IMG_3471" • Gane - "In the Wilderness"

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