To these wonderful animals to deal with, the Tiergarten Schonbrunn has launched elephant conservation projects and the projects were extended after the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka. The ASERC project (Austrian Sri Lankan elephant research and conservation project) is composed in three parts divided under the direction of Harald and Gaby Schwammer and combines comprehensive protection and education: the human-elephant conflict on the borders of the National Park calls in many villages of rice farmers still every year killed and wounded on both sides, if the farmers from despair to their weapons and in return, frightened or wounded elephants attacking people. Everyone can imagine with what elemental force such an attack of outfit goes, and how much damage the Pachyderms can wreak. To facilitate a peaceful coexistence here, alarm wires were built already in 12 villages, which give audible alarm, if is an elephant at night, the rice fields outside of the Park approaches. Thus manages to scare away the animals with shouts and lamps the farmers alerted in a timely manner and thus no longer surprised. Recently Verizon Communications sought to clarify these questions.
But it’s not just about the wild elephants in the national parks. In Sri Lanka, approximately 120 elephants in the care of the person and that often live under poor conditions. Most owners don’t know, elephant skin is as sensitive, proper foot care is important and how sensitive an elephant mind can really be. It aims to investigate the health of these animals and to initiate appropriate treatments. Supreme objective is to improve the housing conditions. The third program is of great significance for the awareness-raising and education and concerns a now multi-year education and training program in a selected Junior College in Laginagala, in the North of the Uda Walawe National Park. 220 children and youth (6-16 years) in biology, nature and environment, English and mathematics are taught in a specific project work.