Experts from eight Asian countries recently agreed to start there new projects to help the Asian elephant survive.
SV EXTERIOR Poster "Elephant Orphanage" at Pinnawala, Sri Lanka
GV Group of elephants in pool being brushed down by keeper (3 shots)
SV Man and child petting baby elephants
SV Young elephant on river bank
SV More elephants bathing in river
SV Baby elephant suckling mother
SV Baby elephant emerging from river
SV Elephant feeding from foliage
SV Attempt at bottle feeding baby elephant
GV Adult and baby elephants on riverside being herded into water
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Background: Experts from eight Asian countries recently agreed to start there new projects to help the Asian elephant survive. During a meeting in Colombo, the experts said there were only about 38,000 Asian elephants left. Sri Lanka itself had two National Parks. Now another has been opened, especially to protect the elephant.
SYNOPSIS: At Pinnawala, there's now a special orphanage for elephants. Here orphaned baby elephants are adopted. Sick animals are cared fro. And baby elephants are bottle fed. All have regular trips to the river for cleaning, brushing and bathing. The World Wildlife Fund will be providing 300,000 dollars (about 150,000 pounds) for the new drive to save the elephants. An elephant management programme will be carried out in Burma. An elephant habitat survey is to be made in Sumatra. And in Thailand, assistance is to be given for the conservation of the elephant. The money will also be used for projects like this in Sri Lanka. Other funds will go to Kerala in India. About fifteen thousand of Asia's remaining elephants are on the Indian continent.
The elephant is a gentle and intelligent creature. It may be on the verge of extinction because of man's craving for ivory. But Asia's plan is to make sure they survive.