Drones used in Put­ta­lam to track ele­phants and drive them back to Sel­lankanda sanc­tu­ary

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

The Wild Life De­part­ment has de­cided to use drones to track down wild ele­phants.

The tech­nol­ogy was used for the first time in the Kal­adi Gal­wela area in Put­ta­lam to track ele­phants that often en­ter vil­lages and de­stroy crops and harm the vil­lagers.

It is be­lieved that there are around 50 wild ele­phants in the area sur­round­ing the Ana­maduwa Dis­trict Sec­re­tariat area in Put­ta­lam.

Put­ta­lam DS, Sa­jee­wani Herath, said that the drones have been pro­vided by the Sri Lanka Air Force base in Anu­rad­ha­pura upon a re­quest by the DS's of­fice.

The drones are used to track down the ar­eas where the ele­phants are and then once the lo­ca­tion is ze­roed in on, Wild Life of­fi­cers will be­gin an ele­phant drive to get them back into the sanc­tu­ary. “This tech­ni­cally will help us save a lot of time de­tect­ing the wild ele­phants, As­sis­tant Wild Life Di­rec­tor – Put­t­lam Dis­trict M.K.S. Chan­draratne said.

He added that this is the first time that drones are be­ing used to de­tect the an­i­mals.

He said dur­ing a ten day op­er­taion, it is ex­pected that the ele­phants will be driven into the Sel­lankanda sanc­tu­ary.

The Put­t­lam Po­lice as well pri­vate or­gan­i­sa­tions will as­sist in the op­er­a­tion he said.

Dur­ing a ten day op­er­taion, it is ex­pected that the ele­phants will be driven into the Sel­lankanda sanc­tu­ary.

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