publication . Article . Other literature type . 2010

Water-body use by Asian elephants in Southern Sri Lanka

Jennifer Pastorini; Nishantha, H. G.; Janaka, H. K.; Isler, Karin; Fernando, Prithiviraj;
  • Published: 01 Jan 2010
  • Country: Switzerland
Abstract
We assessed water-body use by elephants through monitoring elephant signs around them. Elephant footprints and dung piles were recorded at 25 water bodies fortnightly for one year. Elephants preferred perennial water bodies and avoided those with temporary human dwellings. Human activities did not significantly affect elephant use of water bodies, suggesting low incidence of activities and behavioral adaptation to them by elephants. Elephant signs at perennial water bodies increased in the dry season. The monitoring technique was able to detect differences in elephant densities in two areas and establish the presence of herds even at low densities. We conclude t...
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free text keywords: Department of Anthropology, 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology, Behavioral adaptation, Water use, Water body, Ecology, Wildlife management, Perennial water, Dry season, Population density, Agroforestry, Wildlife conservation, Biology
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publication . Article . Other literature type . 2010

Water-body use by Asian elephants in Southern Sri Lanka

Jennifer Pastorini; Nishantha, H. G.; Janaka, H. K.; Isler, Karin; Fernando, Prithiviraj;