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The world’s first EleFriendly bus: A success story

By Anya de Saram-Larssen - Tue Sep 19, 3:39 am

The world’s first EleFriendly bus celebrated its first birthday on September 9th, 2017 in the Wasgamuwa area. I was lucky to be able to attend the event.  The EleFriendly bus is an innovative project developed by the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society (SLWCS) to reduce human-elephant conflict.

SLWCS statistics show that human – elephant conflict has been reduced by 80% since the bus started running. In the first seven months, the number of conflicts fell from 83 to 21.

The bus runs daily to provide safe transportation for the children to and from school, the bus is also used by adults to get to work. The average number of people who use the bus on a daily bases is 191. Out of this, about 72 are children….

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