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Animal Real Estate

WNPS launches a campaign to create awareness about the human-wildlife conflict.

Sri Lanka is home to 21 million people, and countless more rare and endangered species. As the human population continues to increase, the island faces serious challenges in maintaining the boundaries between humans and wildlife.

IMG 3677The Human Wildlife Conflict (HWC) is the conflict between people and wildlife, brought about by limited resources and the competition that arises through reliance of these shared resources. Over the years, this conflict has risen in intensity, due to loss, fragmentation and encroachment of habitat. In fact, the Sri Lankan Government has pledged to increase forest cover on the island to 32% by the year 2030. Yet despite this, habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation continue unabated in the form of infrastructure development, illegal timber harvesting and encroaching human settlements, resulting in the annual loss of over 8,000 hectares of forests.

Today, various species of the island are facing dire circumstances due to limited space in their natural habitat. The Sri Lankan Elephant is the most affected species with over 270 elephants dying annually as a consequence of human-elephant conflict. The Sri Lankan purple faced monkey, Langur, is also facing the human ire due to habitat change, thus aggravating the conflict. The collisions between the whales and ships lead to frequent fatalities. Turning the waters of Sri Lanka into a death trap for them. Even Leopards are retaliating the encroaching human settlements. Then they get poisoned or noosed in response. Thus, further intensifying the conflict. Inaction to protect the natural environment of these species could result in us witnessing their very extinction.

To bring the public’s attention to the plight of our endangered wildlife and the consequences of deforestation, the Wildlife & Nature Protection Society (WNPS) will host Animal Real Estate Exhibition – a first-of-its-kind art exhibition to make a difference. It’s a fund-raising initiative to combat legal battles for the human-animal conflict. This entire initiative is supported by Dilmah Conservation.

This art exhibition will feature paintings by the eminent artists Susil Dixon, Dilhara Bulathgama, G. P. Sajni Lankadari, Virantha Davi, Gamini Abeykoon and Kasun Pathirana showcasing their take on the Human Wildlife Conflict. The paintings will be auctioned to the highest bidder and the proceeds would go into forest conservation efforts in the island.

Exhibition: 5th August, 2018.
Venue: Sri Lanka Film Corporation Cinema.
Time: 9.30 am to 11.30 am

Exhibition: 12th August, 2018.
Venue: Diyasaru-Park, Thalawathugoda.
Time: 7.30 am – 11 am

Auction: 16th August, 2018.
Venue: Jasmine Hall, BMICH.
Time: 7.15 pm (immediately after the WNPS monthly lecture)

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