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Sri Lankan elephant

Elephas maximus maximus


Elephants hold aesthetic, cultural and economic importance in Sri Lanka. They are used for carrying timber and they have a special significance and role in religious events. The Sri Lanka elephant is protected under the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance of Sri Lanka (FFPO), and killing it carries the death penalty. Elephants can be observed in protected areas such as Yala, Wasgomuwa, Udawalawe, Minneriya and Kaudulla.


The herd size in Sri Lanka ranges from 12-20 individuals or more, with the oldest female, or 'matriarch', leading the herd. In Sri Lanka, herds have been reported to contain "nursing units," consisting of lactating females and their young, and "juvenile care units", containing females with juveniles.

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This is Actually a Tusker You proberbly See this Animal In Yala or Lunugamvehera National Parks if so i see this animal Most likely in Yala , In Yala Alone there is only 13 Tuskers left in wild in Sri lanka if i can remember there is only 50 or more than thet live in wild other Tuskers been in captive and some wer killed for the Tusks .

Yes in 1985 is the year Sri lanka have total population Count for elephants and this year government of Sri lanka try to do the same with help with Some NGO Organisation Most of Naturalist and Wild life Conservationist Protest Elephant Count for a number of reasons they . many believe government of sri lanka try to sell this endangered Species to foreign company and for Foreign markets .

this is Serious affair and the Serious threat the Wild life conservationist's like US face every day . Political Influence is really high and the Elephant trad is big bonanza to Smuggler's and for Corrupt Politicization

Carolina 12 years ago

I really feel bad for this fellas, they are listed as Endangered since 1986, reasons are habitat loss because our expanding human population and also they are victims of the illegal pet trade (sold to circuses, which I can't believe circuses still exist) their population is decreasing incredibly and sometimes I think how selfish, ambitious and self-involve we are to take a species to the extinction just for our human desires.

animaisfotos 12 years ago

Nice description. learning, learning and learning. Thanks for sharing. Love the way the elephant fills the all image.

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Hambantota, Moneragala, Sri Lanka

Spotted on Jul 24, 2010
Submitted on Feb 13, 2011

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