project review

I had the most amazing time

Review submitted by Grace Ellison
Review date 30 Sep 2013

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I volunteered for three weeks in September, and I had the most amazing time. I learnt immeasurable amounts from the project staff about the behaviour of Sri Lanka's wildlife, as well as identification of birds, and so much about the relationship between the villagers and the elephants in the surrounding areas. I am very passionate about wildlife, and have volunteered on wildlife projects several times, but never directly to improve the relationship between animals and people. We conducted transects in the elephant corridor and checked for elephant dung there and in two nearby tanks (man-made lakes); we were taught how to inspect what the elephant had been eating, as well as the age and gender of the elephant. Every evening, we waited in one of the tanks or in the tree hut, for the elephants to appear. If we were lucky enough to observe them, we would collect detailed data about their behaviour. We also monitored the use of the elephant corridor, and interacted with the villagers regularly to educate them and try to improve their relationship with the elephants.

The project assistant also taught me so much, and the cook was just amazing. The work done on the project to help reduce human-elephant conflict fascinates me, and I wish I could have worked on the project for longer.

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