Managing the country’s forests and wildlife sanctuaries is an expensive business for the cash strapped government. Managing the country’s forests and wildlife sanctuaries is an expensive business for the cash strapped government. The leisure industry sees huge potential in nature related tourism and is keen to help raise awareness about the wildlife product here and conserve it.
Fortunately for the government and the leisure industry even aid donors like the Asian Development Bank (ADB) think wildlife conservation is worth investing in.
One point along the Udawalawe – Thanamalwila route has become a favorite meeting point for jumbos with a sweet tooth.
Travelers on the road feed fruits to the wild elephants behind the safety of an electric fence.
Hungry Jumbos visit the fence more often in the dry season.
A month ago, at the height of the dry season the Udawalawe national park was parched with the water holes dried up forcing the elephants to the fringes of the national parks in search of food.
Some elephants stray in to villages bordering the national parks in search of food.