Biodiversity and Elephant Conservation Trust

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The Biodiversity and Elephant Conservation Trust is an organisation which helps to protect Asian elephants&other animals that live in Sri Lanka.

Over the last 100 years the Asian elephant population has declined by 90% to less than 50,000 elephants, with only 4,000-5,000 remaining in Sri Lanka. The Asian elephant is classified as endangered (IUCN) and the decline in its numbers has been a result of threats including habitat loss as a result of logging and agriculture, domestication for tourism and logging, human-elephant conflict and hunting for their body parts, particularly their tusks.

The Biodiversity and Elephant Conservation Trust (BECT) is a small charity based in Sri Lanka who aim to educate, inform and change people’s attitudes towards these magnificent animals. BECT works towards:

  • Educating school children about the importance of conservation
  • Training vets on specialised programmes
  • Supporting the families of those killed by elephants
  • Studying and tracking elephant travelling routes
  • Monitoring baby elephants after they have been reintroduced into the wild.
  • Surveying the tame elephant population in Sri Lanka

Over the years Blackpool Zoo has raised over £35,500 towards BECT and the fantastic work they do.  

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