E-volunteering with our Sri Lanka Conservation Team

Become a virtual wildlife volunteer, alongside our conservation team in Sri Lanka, to improve your knowledge about conservation challenges while you contribute to ongoing research and conservation efforts. Participate in interactive lessons about Asian elephants, and marine research and conservation. You will learn in detail the traits that can be used to identify individual elephants to understand their population dynamics, factors influencing elephant movements and monitoring their health. All of this information is crucial for their long term conservation. Join the groundbreaking Project Orange Elephant virtually to learn about applied conservation as a solution to address one of the biggest environmental, socio-economic and political crises in Sri Lanka: human-elephant conflict. You can even learn techniques that scientists use to monitor biodiversity through camera trapping which you can practice in your own backyard. This is a unique volunteer opportunity to interactively learn about conservation from field experts, plus it’s a great way to prepare to volunteer abroad on a future trip centred on responsible travel.

Price: £85 per experience

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The program will introduce as well as provide e-Volunteers with a broad understanding of Asian elephants, their ecology, their role in culture and the need for their conservation.  It will help e-Volunteers to learn and improve their knowledge on Asian elephants as well as continue to participate and contribute to elephant research and conservation efforts.

The program will educate e-Volunteers about the importance of monitoring biodiversity and how remote camera traps can be used for that purpose.  E-Volunteers will learn techniques that scientists use to monitor biodiversity, since camera trapping is an interesting research tool, this will easily inspire e-Volunteers to develop an interest in biodiversity conservation.   E-volunteers will learn how to set up a remote camera in their own backyard to learn interesting behavioural facts about common backyard animals that we pay scant attention to.

The identification of individual elephants is one of the first steps in studying elephant behaviour, demography, and conservation.  Very few studies of Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) are based on individual identification hence the importance of our project and this program.  By studying individually identified elephants, it helps us to understand how social behaviour drives movements, reproductive output, determines population dynamics and ensures long-lasting social bonds.   E-Volunteers learn in detail the traits that can be used to identify individual elephants and examine the variability of different traits.  Most importantly e-Volunteers will learn how by identifying elephants, we can understand their population dynamics, factors influencing elephant movements and even monitor their health.  All of this information is crucial for their long term conservation.

In this programme, e-Volunteers will learn how marine research differs from land-based research and its importance.  E-volunteers will participate in some basic marine research methodologies and learn firsthand about threats to the marine environment, the challenges of conducting marine research and the tremendous need for marine conservation efforts.

This program is for people who love elephants and want to contribute to their protection.   Online volunteers will be contributing to the mitigation of human-elephant conflicts (HEC). 

The program is designed to conduct activities such as planting orange trees, collecting data, report writing, writing newsletters, updating the database, analyzing data and fundraising.   It is essential to provide farmers with orange trees and to monitor the plants that are already planted.  The orange trees act as a deterrent to elephants while providing the farmers with a sustainable income.  Project Orange Elephant has very effectively minimized human-elephant conflict for 468 farmers in 27 villages creating an environment where people and elephants can coexist.  Project Orange Elephant is a critical and important program of the Saving Elephant by Helping People project of our Sri Lankan Conservation team.  The team needs the support of e-Volunteers to maintain the continuity of Project Orange Elephant.

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