Project Orange Elephant

Project Description

The Project Orange Elephant (POE) was established by the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society (SLWCS) to encourage farmers to cultivate crops such as oranges that are not attractive to elephants, so that they have an alternative income when elephants destroy their rice crop.  Since they have a supplementary income the farmers will feel less hostile towards elephants for destroying their rice harvest. The POE received the Most Innovative Development Project Award from the Global Development Network in June 2015.

As an organization that practices sustainable tourism in all aspects, Experience Journeys (the DMC arm of Eco Team Pvt Ltd) joins hands with SLWCS to contribute to Project Orange Elephant by sending volunteers and collecting donations for the project from donors around the world.


What we expect from the volunteers:

  • Create awareness /educate people on the importance of having elephants in Sri Lanka
  • Help save elephants by helping people get involved in community-based Asian elephant research and the human-elephant conflict resolution project
  • Learn how important it is to develop land use practices that are compatible with sharing land with elephants
  • Help POE farmers with planting orange plants, in plant care and management, and collect data on plant growth and survival
  • Help to harvest oranges and sort them for marketing.  These oranges are purchased by Cargills Ceylon Ltd for resale through their Food City supermarket chain
  • Support for the education of the famers’ children (teaching English and IT)


The objective of Project Orange Elephant is to plant 50,000 orange trees.  This is how many orange trees we need to create an effective trophic barrier to deter elephants from visiting village homes to raid stored food and home gardens.  Also, 50,000 orange trees will mean a steady supply of oranges throughout the year to supply our buyers. And most importantly, it will mean creating an environment of coexistence between people and wildlife, especially elephants.

Rates include:

  • Project transportation in the field for various activities
  • All meals and refreshments
  • Full accommodation
  • Orientation and briefings
  • Guidance and training
  • Field Programmes
  • Field Equipment

Rates do not include:

  • Any additional beverage or food
  • Airport  transfers
  • Jeep safari at Wasgamuwa National Park
  • Any tips to the staff
  • Any personal gear not mentioned here


  • Keep your contribution in perspective
  • Be on time
  • Be flexible and open-minded
  • Expect satisfaction
  • Be responsible


  • Think that you can do anything and everything
  • Carry much money and lending money to people
  • Expect to only have FUN
  • Ask probing, personal questions


Important Factors

  • All volunteers need to read and sign our Code of Conduct which provides concise guidelines to ensure volunteers have an enjoyable and exciting time.
  • The program is open to anyone and there are no limitations on age or physical condition. But volunteers must have an open mind and attitude to live and work in a tropical environment with basic amenities and to get along with a diverse group of international volunteers
  • You do not have permission to do any sort of activity that causes disturbances to elephants or any other form of wildlife  
  • Personal gear for warm/windy/rainy conditions should be carried by clients
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, etc. are recommended to be brought along



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