Sri Lanka has the highest elephant population among the Asian countries. This is revealed in the 2011 countrywide elephant report that was released today.
The elephant census covering the entire island for the first time was conducted from the 11th to the 14th of last month. Action was initiated to carry out observations in 1553 Centres. The Report was released in Colombo today. The survey revealed that the total elephant population in the country was 5879. The report points out that the elephants were in good health.
According to the report, the highest population was found in the Mahaweli Wildlife Zone. It was 1751. The least ws reported from the Central Wildlife Zone and the figure was 47. The elephant population in the Eastern Zone was 1573 while in the Northwestern and Southern Wildlife Zone the population was 1189 and 1086 respectively. The elephant population in the North was 233. Various initiative are being planned to minimize the human elephant conflict using the results of the census. Wildlife Director General H.D. Ratnayake was among those present at the news conference organized to launch the report.