President stops operation to capture Sinharaja elephants

Friday, 15 June 2018 - 21:44

The operation which was launched this morning (Jun 15) to capture the two wild elephants in Sinharaja forest was suspended as the two air force veterinarians were recalled.

Wildlife Minister, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said that the two veterinarians were recalled by the President.

Several environment activists earlier disclosed the move by the Wildlife Department to relocate the two elephants from Sinharaja to an elephant detention camp in Horowpatana, will not augur well for those animals.

Later, the President advised Environment Ministry Secretary and Director General of the Wildlife Department to leave the two elephants further in the forest until a proper mechanism is arranged to relocate them.

However, Minister Fonseka while inspecting a house destroyed by wild elephants in Galgamuwa said that the President gave the approval to relocate the two elephants to Horowpatana.

Later, the Minister who inspected a cultivation destroyed by wild elephants in Wetakoluwagama in Galgamuwa said that the operation to capture the two elephants in Sinharaja was suspended after the President had recalled the two air force veterinarians.

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