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A very insightful article by Dr. Palitha Kohona who was Sri Lanka's former Permanent Representative to the United Nations

"The villagers must be made aware of the need to conserve the elephants for their own benefit and they must be given a stake in elephant conservation. The Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society (SLWCS) has made a pioneering effort in this respect in the Wasgamuwa region."

A magnificent tusker, Dala Poottuwa to the villagers, has been callously brought down for possessing two magnificiant tusks.

Its killers hacked the tusks off, possibly while the tusker was still alive, breathing its last. A few days later, another tusker, which had only one tusk, a genetic abnormality, was killed. A nation was appalled but, other than uttering pious homilies, a concrete holistic plan has still not appeared to prevent the occurrence of similar incidents.

Click here to read the entire article: When they are gone, we will miss them

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