Conservation of the Sri Lankan Elephant
Dilmah Conservation is actively involved in elephant conservation initiatives at the Elephant Transit Home (ETH) in Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka, and is currently sponsoring the care of two elephant calves named ‘Baby Dilmah’ and ‘Ted’ (named after the New Zealand All Blacks rugby coach Sir Graham Henry).
Sri Lankan Elephants (Elephas maximus maximus) are one of four unique species found in Asia. At a population size of less than 6000, they are currently one of the most endangered land mammals on the island. The human-elephant conflict is rapidly increasing in Sri Lanka due to increasing land use by humans. It is estimated that approximately 250 elephants are killed each year due to clashes with humans over territory. Dilmah Conservation has set this groundwork by establishing an easily accessible solid scientific knowledge base, built on a mosaic of work done together with leading naturalists and conservationists in the country.
Baby Dilmah celebrated her second birthday on the 28th of September 2019 with children from the MJF Centres in Peliyagoda and Moratuwa and staff