• Dave Harmon, PW editor

Sri Lanka | Wildlife in NPs getting break from tourist crowds, but are now in poachers' sights

YALA, Sri Lanka — Gemunu is one of about 350 elephants in Yala National Park, the most visited in Sri Lanka. It’s thanks to these visitors that he’s developed a taste for food from humans. This habit was innocent initially, but the bull elephant became more aggressive over time, blocking dirt tracks and halting safari jeeps to sniff out food inside.

That’s gone now, along with the visitors, following Sri Lanka’s decision to declare a countrywide curfew a month ago in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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