Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Around 150 wild baby elephants captured in Sri Lanka within seven years
Sun, May 11, 2014, 08:20 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka's environmental organizations say that around 150 baby elephants have been captured from the forests in the island during the past seven years.

The Director of the Species Conservation Centre, Pubudu Weerarathna told The Divaina Sinhala newspaper that about 80 baby elephants that were captured illegally from forests had already died in the hands of the unscrupulous captors due to lack of proper care.

He said there are powerful individuals like politicians behind the illegal capture of wild elephant cubs and the law is not implemented properly due to this reason.

Recently media covered a number of incidents of capturing wild elephant cubs, some illegally and some producing fake permits.

The baby elephants have a high demand in the country although the government does not grant permission to capture them or to rear them.

Reportedly a high number of baby elephants are captured from the Habarana, Minneriya forest areas where there is a high density of wild elephants.

Wildlife Resources and Conservation Minister Vijith Vijayamuni Soysa has said recently that it is difficult to curb illegal capturing of elephants due to lack of a proper legal system on the subject.

The Minister has proposed using DNA tests to identify and register the elephant cubs and the environmental activists have welcomed the proposal. It has been reported that the unscrupulous captors involved in illegal trading of wild elephants are catering to the demands of the island's tourism industry.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
UK steps up reconciliation and human rights support for Sri Lanka
-- [16 minutes ago]
Indian Army Chief to discuss upgrading Sri Lanka's defense equipment during visit
-- [8 hours ago]
CID records statement from Minister Rajitha Senaratne on Avant Garde Chairman's claims
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka's power authority earns over Rs. 38 million through raids on power pirates
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka to introduce a new Education Act in January
-- [9 hours ago]
Sri Lanka seeks to enhance the existing cooperation with Singapore - new envoy
-- [9 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Foreign Minister signs agreement for creation of Commonwealth Trade Finance Fund for Small States
Bribery Commission files case against former minister Johnston Fernando
No-confidence motion against Sri Lanka's Finance Minister handed over to parliament
Sri Lanka's tri forces ready to assist police to maintain law and order

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.