|Coconut Palm leaves broken by Elephant|
This elephant, who nobody has really seen, much less photographed is a really large animal with a footprint of 1.5 feet (457 mm). I guess old too, older than the New Eluvamkulam town. New Eluvamkulam town was established in the 90's when the old village moved to the South of the Army and Navy points to avoid LTTE attacks.
|The Elephants Foot print 1.5 feet across|
This big old elephant probably lives in the replanted jungle of the Holcim Quarry site at Aruwakkadu/Gangewadiya. New Eluvamkulam, Kala-Oya and Wilpattu are probably his territory.
See link (in Sinhala thanks Tilak Ranaweera) for plans to fill old quarry pit with garbage from Colombo.
Economics of Elephant Destruction of Plantations
Compared to Paddy fields, destruction of a coconut, cashew or other plantations by Elephants has long term consequences. Thats because destruction of a Paddy field affects only that harvest. In the case of a plantation, the destroyed tree/s will need to be replanted and loss of income until the tree starts yielding.
|Earth on Ditch broken to |
enable climbing by The Elephant