The all island elephant census will come to an end today. It was for the first time that an elephant census was held covering all wildlife zones.
The survey was carried out at 1553 centres covering North-western, Central, Mahaweli, Southern, Eastern, Yala, Bundala and Northern wild life zones. More than 4000 officials are engaged in the survey. Minister S.M. Chandrasena also participated in the programme at the Minneriya National Park.
Meanwhile members of the Maha Sangha called on the people not to obstruct the census. They pointed out that it is being carried out for the good of the elephants as well as the motherland
Ven. Elle Gunawanse thera said that it is an important task for the protection of the elephant population. The census would record the number of elephants living in the jungles. He said all should extend their support for the programme.
Ven. Galaboda Gnannissara thera said that the Ministry is expecting to find out whether the area is adequate for the number of elephants in those areas. It will also provide information on the diseased and disabled elephants in order to rehabilitate them. He said if there is excess number of elephants he sees nothing wrong in offering them to places of worship or people experienced in raising them.