2019 International Elephant Conservation & Research Symposium, South Africa

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"Attending the IEF symposiums have being pivotal to the success of the elephant conservation efforts of the SLWCS." Ravi Corea, president, SLWCS

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Debbie Olson, Executive Director of IEF giving the welcome address.

The 16th International Elephant Conservation & Research Symposium organized by the International Elephant Foundation was held from October 21 to the 25th 2019 in South Africa.

The Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society presented two papers on its ground breaking human elephant conflict mitigation and elephant research work. The titles of the presentations were:

Project Orange Elephant: An Economic Solution to Mitigate Human-Elephant Conflicts: A case study from Wasgamuwa, Sri Lanka

An Assessment of Using Remote Camera Traps for Asian Elephant Research

The Society was invited to present a 3rd presentation on its internationally renowned voluntourism program. The presentation was titled: Initiating a Voluntourism Program as a Sustainable Economic Initiative to help Mitigate Human Elephant Conflicts

The SLWCS gave three presentations garnering the Society international recognition for its innovative and pioneering efforts integrating social enterprise, responsible travel, field research, conservation and sustainable development concepts to create a highly successful model for sustainable community based conservation in Sri Lanka.

IEF POE Presentation
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Over the past 19 years the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society have had a close relationship with the International Elephant Foundation (IEF) and had the privilege to attend and present at 9 of the past 11 international symposiums held since 2000.

In 2003 when the IEF symposium was held in Sri Lanka the SLWCS was one of the local organizing partners. The SLWCS sponsored the key note speaker, Dr. Ian Douglas-Hamilton to attend the 2003 symposium. The Society also provided sponsorships for five Sri Lankan university students to attend the symposium.

IEF Remote Camera Trapping Presentation
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IEF Voluntourism Program Presentation
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Attending the IEF symposiums have being pivotal to the success of the elephant conservation efforts of the SLWCS. As a result the Society has been able to launch several innovative and pioneering projects such as its’ Saving Elephants by Helping People, The Field Scouts Program, The Africa Asia Elephant Conservation Project and most recently to the novel and world’s first EleFriendly Bus Service which also received funding support from Colombo Jewellery Stores, Asian Elephant Support, elephantea, Cha’s Organics, Wealthtrust Securities Ltd., and Adele & Loi Nguyen.

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While in Africa, Ravi Corea, the president of the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society also got a truly wonderful opportunity to meet some of the locals and hang out with them.

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We wish the International Elephant Foundation all the very best and a long and successful future and look forward to continuing our engagement with the IEF in the coming years.

We extend a warm and grateful Thank you to Ms. Linda Reifschneider of Asian Elephant Support and Ms. Debbie Olson, Executive Director of the International Elephant Foundation for sponsoring the SLWCS to attend this year’s symposium.

For information on the SLWCS Volunteer Program please visit: https://www.slwcs.org/volunteer

SLWCS Staff and Volunteer shirts sponsored by elephantea


Big, rumbling thanks to our Corporate Partners for their kind support and to everyone who has donated and supported our wildlife conservation efforts!

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