Help with the protection &
survival of Asian
elephants

An award-winning project focused on human-elephant conflict

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  • Duration
    1-24 Weeks
  • Accompanied age
    5+
  • Minimum age
    16+
  • Start dates
    Every Monday
  • From
    £440
  • Duration
    1-24 Weeks
  • Accompanied age
    5+
  • Minimum age
    16+
  • Start dates
    Every Monday
  • From
    £440

Sri Lanka wild elephant conservation

Head into the depths of the Sri Lankan jungle and encounter stunning Asian elephants in their natural habitat. Help to promote the protection and survival of these endangered elephants by playing an important role in the initiative to help elephants and communities live together.

Around 100 years ago there was upwards of 20,000 elephants that roamed the forests and grasslands on this beautiful island. Due to increased farming and habitat destruction, just 5000 of these gentle giants now live outside of captivity. Your role within this programme will be aiding the research and conservation techniques to stop this decline from becoming even more devastating.

"This is a real conservation project that is making a difference to the people and wild elephants in Sri Lanka. The place is staggeringly beautiful and the local people are heart-warmingly friendly, fun and gracious. And the elephants? Well, they’re magnificent in every way and we saw loads of them! "

Did you know that every year around 80 people and 230 elephants are killed as a result of human-elephant conflict. Not only this, but more than 3000 homes are destroyed and upwards of $10 million of crop damage also occur.

You will be working on a highly respected and an award winning project with the ultimate aim to help safe guard the wilderness by encouraging the survival of elephants living in the wild. Working alongside local scientists and conservationists to help conduct research, you will have the privilege of witnessing elephants first hand in the wild. Whilst you are here you will get involved in a number of activities in the fields of conservation and research that have been developed with sole intention of reducing human-elephant conflict and promoting sustainable land use.

Based on the outskirts of the wild Wasgamuwa National Park you will be working in one of the most beautiful and tranquil places in the world. Throughout your time here, you will be trekking through rugged mountains, dense jungles and wetlands where you will get to know intimately the lives of the elephants. You will have the chance to interact with the friendly locals where you will get to experience their amazing culture, swim in beautiful clear lakes and come across scenery that is truly stunning.

Not only this, but the accommodation where you will be staying offers some of the best views we have ever seen. Based in the lush forests of Sri Lanka, you are surrounded by a ring of striking mountains where you will look out onto a large reservoir where elephants love to bath! If you don’t believe us, have a look at the photos!

Experience the adrenalin and thrill of walking through nature’s playground where you could encounter many wild species including Asian elephants, Sri Lankan leopards, sloth bears, jungle cats and lots more! You will take big gratitude in the work you are doing, but you will also experience memories like no other that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Everyday you will be working in the elephant’s natural habitat, where you will be getting hands on with the ecological research and conservation. 

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Activities

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