Biodiversity and Elephant Conservation Trust
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.