Published: Saturday 31 December 1994

Sri Lanka's fierce civil war has taken a heavy toll on it's wildlife. A recent report in the Sri Lankan Daily News claims that land mines have killed or injured several wild elephants. Charles Santipillai, a Sri Lankan zoologist, estimates that about 20 elephants are killed every year by mines laid by government security forces and rebel Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam. The mines are mostly in a no-person's -land separating the region in the south and the rebel stronghold further north in the forests around Trincomalee.

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