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Fixing a tracking device on a giant elephant. Saving Sri Lankan Elephant herds in Anuradhapura

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Elephants roam the streets and through village areas freely in many regions in Sri Lanka. The small island nation is full of elephants that are loved by most of the inhabitants of the island. Most educated in the country are continually fighting corruption, and animal abuse, especially towards the treasures that elephants are to the state as Sri Lankan elephants are known as the largest and the strongest among Asian elephants.

However, around farming villages where elephants raid crops, many conflicts are happening that have caused casualties to both sides. They have set a lot of fences and electric fences with barriers around many villages and farmlands around national parks and many massive forest reserves. These elephants often run into traps and wells placed along with farms for water supply.

Tracking and pursuing elephants in Sri Lanka is a challenging task as they tend to migrate from region to region freely as they like. Even when they are kept in conserved zones, they seek adventures outside in a challenging enviorenemt as they seek newer water sources and such outside their usual habitat. 

This has been going on for a while, and this footage shows a scenario when the wildlife department took its initiative to fix a tracking device with a comfortable collar on a female elephant in a herd. These females always move together with the matriarch, and they follow like a herd with some more males protecting them. The wildlife team manages to slowly isolate this elephant away from the herd with a well-planned approach that is not shown in the footage. They cannot target the matriarch as it can compromise the whole plan at this point.

Watch the full footage and find out how they managed and how the whole thing went as they fixed this device. This is an observing, educational footage for anyone who studies about elephants.

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