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Location - Udawalawe National Park 

Udawalawe Tree Planting Project: Ongoing/ Already in effect
We have acquired a plot of land in Kalawelgala Village; in the buffer zone of the Udawalawe National Park to plant trees to offset the carbon emission we create. During your stay in Sri Lanka you too can plant your own tree in our plot of land in order to compensate for your carbon emission.

This land is also used by Eco Team to provide low impact camping for wildlife enthusiasts and corporate groups to conduct their leadership and team building sessions. 

Udawalawe Lantana Removal Project: Proposed

The Lantana camara presence in the National Park reaches a critical point. A part of the Udawalawe National park looks like a savannah with Lantana camara everywhere. This invasive plant is disturbing the habitat of the elephant. The Lantana produces chemicals which acts as herbicide, around its other plants have difficulty to grow. By expansion there are covering every centimeter of the dry part of the park, they win the competition with the others species.

Eco Team wants to begin by settle a study in the Udawalawe National Park about the uprooting of the Lantana. The study aims is to know the interaction between the Lantana with the others species of plant. More particularly, the study will work on the interaction between Lantana and the Maila tree which is planned to be plant after the uprooting. Indeed the soil need to be cover after uprooting to keep is quality and also the shade of the tree will perhaps play a role in the non regrowth of the Lantana plant. The study will be also an occasion to observe the time needed to the Lantana seed bank to be exhausted. According the results of this study a proper action could be lead to remove in a sustainable way the Lantana from the park.

Elephant Transit Home action: Ongoing/Already in effect

Elephant Transit Home (ETH) is a temporarily orphanage situated in the Udawalawe National Park. The ETH is under the responsibility of the Sri Lankan governmental body call Department of Wildlife Conservation. The baby Elephant are coming in ETH from all over the Sri Lanka when they lose they mother or when they are separated from their mother. Different cases are possible the mother could die because of the Elephants - Humans conflict, or the baby elephant can fall on a river and be lost far from its mother.

The aim of the ETH is to look after the elephant; the ETH staff feed the elephant eight times per day, the staff is available for the elephants days and nights. A team of veterinarians are present on-site keep treating them from the moment the elephant arrive at the ETH, until they are release. The releasing time is the most important moment in the ETH, which means that a part of the work is done. The elephant are release at the age of 4 years. At this age they are big enough to be released and after this age they are risks of over attachment for the elephant to the ETH structure.

Eco Team is helping the ETH by promoting their action on the Eco Team website in order to find volunteer to work in the ETH; also to find donor.

Adopt a baby elephant: proposed
Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home is an orphanage for 30 baby elephants, which are being taken care of with minimum human interaction as they are separated from their mothers. Mothers of these babies are either killed or lost due to the never-ending elephant-human conflict in Sri Lanka. The transit home provides food, medical care, and everything a baby elephant needs.  When the elephants are big and strong enough, they are released into the wilderness and start living a 'normal' life back in the wild.

As the Wildlife Department cannot afford to do this project alone due to the huge cost that is being incurred, they have invited the private sector to make contributions.  Eco Team Pvt. Ltd was one of the first to sponsor the cost of maintaining one baby (named Malathie) for two years. After coming of age, Malathie was released into the Udawalawe Jungle earlier this year. We also offer the opportunity for you to adopt your very own baby elephant: meet him/her at Elephant Transit Home, choose a name, maintain the baby and get newsletters of your baby once you get back home. It will be an amazing and original long term adventure for you to contribute in saving Sri Lankan elephants.

Elephant dung paper handcraft: proposed
In Elephant Transit Home, an original handcraft center has been set up. Huge quantities of elephant dung are dried and used to make paper, note books, bags and many other useful everyday products. You can participate towards the ETH economy and maintenance by buying a nice souvenir at the boutique. And whilst you are here, why not join the paper making workshop with the Elephant transit staff. The paper is cellulose, guaranteed clean and does not smell…

Where to stay in Udawalawe: http://www.mahoora.lk/

This is our pledge
Your pledge for conservation – Part of your accommodation fee is directed towards the Elephant Transit Home which is a flagship project in elephant conservation. Your accommodation in Mahoora camps also contribute to sustainability, and we are proud to inform that these low impact movable camps are run with local supplies and almost completely with local people.

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