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Sri Lanka to hold elephant census

Sri Lanka to hold elephant census

Sri Lanka is preparing for its first count of elephants in the island's forests to help protect the endangered species against the loss of its habitat. The head of the Wildlife Department, Chandrawansa Pathiraja, said the census will run over two days starting on the full moon of next month, which falls on Aug. 13. Elephants will be counted as they come to drink from water holes, reservoirs and tanks. Elephants are considered sacred animals in Sri Lanka. Costumed and decorated pachyderms are used in Buddhist ceremonies as they parade through streets carrying the sacred relics of the Buddha. Wildlife officials estimate Sri Lanka's elephant population at between 5,000 and 6,000.

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Sri Lanka to hold elephant census 07/13/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 10:01pm]
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