Horowpothana Elephant Holding Ground (HEHG) in Sri Lanka

Horowpothana Elephant Holding Ground (HEHG)

OwnerDepartment of Wildlife Conservation
Size2,570 km2 (992 sq mi)
Opened for public2011
Place Horowpathana National Park
Province North Central Province
Region North eastern Sri Lanka
Country Sri Lanka


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Horowpothana Elephant Holding Ground (HEHG), in Horowpathana National Park, Sri Lanka , was founded in 2011, opened for public in 2011.

Comments / pictures2013: The HEHG was constructed in 2013 with the aim of trans-locating elephants that were caught in the human-elephant conflict.

2015: In 2015 the country\'s first Elephant Holding Ground (EHG) was established in the national park, where problem elephants from around the country are relocated. The EHG comprises 930 ha (2,300 acres) of land within the national park with the capacity for 40 elephants.[4] The Translocation process and the management of the EHG has been criticised by a number of sources.

2019: According to the last elephant census done at the holding ground in 2019, only nine elephants were remaining from over 50 elephants that had been relocated there. According to the report, although the HEHG was originally constructed to retain 30 rogue elephants as a solution to the human-elephant conflict, by 2019, 52 elephants had eventually been released to the ground. However, at the time the elephant census of the report was conducted in June 2019, only nine elephants were remaining. A total of 12 had died and the report claims that the DWC lacked information on whether the other 31 elephants had also died or fled.

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Koehl, Dan (2021). Horowpothana Elephant Holding Ground (HEHG), Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at https://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=3148. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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