Jayantha Jayewardena reports on Prithiviraj Fernando’s research on elephants and electric fences on the borders of the Uda Walawe National Park. In the 1990s Elephants began frequenting an electric fence where they would interact with members of the public, receiving food, largely without conflict. Then, when the Department of Wildlife Conservation erected a second fence to separate the elephants from the humans, raiding began and a situation of coexistence became one of conflict. This story speaks to current thinking in human-elephant relations that is critical of fortress conservation models that try to separate the species.
For the full story see: Wild elephants, people and an electric fence