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Mega Moves: How wildlife officers move giant elephants to safe zones

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The largest of land animals, elephants, fall among the most unique-looking creatures as well. With their characteristics of long trunks or noses, broad, thick legs, and large, floppy ears, they have a physique like no other animal on the planet earth. Their appearance and naive behavior have been characteristic features among all the animals, especially the wild ones.

This video is about the relocation of wild elephants to dedicated national parks or wildlife sanctuaries to protect both elephants and humans. The pre-requisites, procedure, and risk factors of elephant relocation are demonstrated here. To relocate a giant animal, like elephants, from wildlife to a safe place like wildlife sanctuaries or national parks is a task involving great expertise and safety protocols. While elephants are pretty harmless to humans, they still need to be adequately restrained.

This innocent yet giant elephant is relatively calm. Yet, team wild life manages proper protocols to relocate it away to a safe place where the elephant will continue its life more safely. When the humans are around in this area will also be protected from the presence of a giant creature. All these people are gathered here to watch how the team takes away the elephant safely.

The question here is why exactly is there a need to relocate an elephant from wildlife to dedicated national parks or wildlife sanctuaries? The population of elephants in the wilderness dramatically fell in the 19th and 20th centuries due to uncontrolled hunting and poaching. Other reasons including industrialization, ivory trade, deforestation, and human-wildlife conflict. While some populations across Africa and Asia are stable, these factors still threaten the species’ very existence.

IUCN has declared elephants as endangered species; therefore, they need to be conserved soon before they reach extinction. So, to protect the endangered species, the wild life team is dedicated to providing all kinds of help and support whenever and wherever needed in Sri Lanka. With this dedication, the team is here to relocate this Asian elephant to the national parks or wildlife sanctuary to live freely without any danger of hunting or poaching. With this freedom, it will be able to proceed with its progeny, and only this way, the number of elephants in the wildlife can reach back to a safer level far away from endangered species.

As you can see, the experts in the team follow proper pre-requisites, procedures, SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) and take risk factors into account while taking the elephant into the container. From restraining to distractions and ground levels, everything is in place so that the innocent animal does not get frightened and does not panic.

Usually, all animals, including elephants, face stress due to various environmental conditions. Hunting, poaching, destruction of habitat and separation from families are a few factors among them. While under pressure, they do not feel like eating, playing, or even breeding. So, this may prove alarming in the case of endangered species like elephants. To overcome this risk and critical condition, wildlife sanctuaries and dedicated national parks play a significant role by protecting endangered wildlife species and providing them with the most suitable environments.

This elephant is being relocated from this area to a rather suitable place where it can carry out its life activities more efficiently and enjoy its life with similar animals – probably it would find its family and friends there. Elephants are very social animals and show manners to the individuals of their species. They tend to greet each other with their trunk and help each other whenever needed. Although long travelling also puts animals under stress, the experts of team wild life know very well how to manage that. They have provided help and support to many elephants in various conditions and are dedicated to continuing with the same spirit. With this devotion and commitment to the team’s goal, the elephants are surely going to have a relatively better living environment. They will reach a population far away from extinction and endanger.

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