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SEVP team to Sri Lanka

Joyce and Petter are going to Sri Lanka from 8th to 21th September, to have a look at some of Sri Lanka’s elephant populations together with a research team led by Lalith Seneviratne. Our main focus will naturally be elephant communication, acoustic recordings and comparison of African and Asian elephant calls. We will also be comparing ideas regarding the resolution of human-elephant conflict. Lalith and his team have come up with some new solutions which we hope to be able to apply around Amboseli. Several national parks will be visited including Uda Walawe, Yala East, Yala, Horton Plains, Minneriya and Wasgomuwa National Parks.

During the three last days of their stay they will join a symposium on Human Elephant Relationships and Conflicts in Colombo. The conference has drawn much interest from all parts of the world, and has attracted a record 82 (and some still coming) abstracts from people interested in elephants and their conservation. The abstracts have come from different parts of the world. Joyce will present our paper on visual, tactile and acoustic signals of elephant play.

Cheers, Petter/SEVP