Safari Drivers and Tour Guides Class

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Jaya safari class copyThis September we started running special bi-monthly classes at the Mahasenpura Centre for local safari drivers and tour guides who haven’t been able to work because of the impact that Covid-19 has had on the tourism industry.

The classes have been set up in association with the Safari Drivers Association.

The aim is to use this fallow period to deepen the drivers’ knowledge about the animals, flora and fauna that live in the neighborouring national parks (Yala, Bundala and Uda Walawe). We also hope that the classes will increase environmental awareness.

I led the first two classes on elephants with the assistance of my old boss, Dr Fernando Prithivaraj, one of Sri Lanka’s foremost elephant conservationists.┬áHe provided detailed maps showing where the home ranges of various elephant herds are located.

During the first session, I explained about the difference between African and Asian elephants. During the second session, we looked more closely at elephant behavior and how to identify individual elephants.

 

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