Learning from Parakrama’s death

I did not get a chance to set eyes on the iconic Galagamuwa tusker, nor will I ever be able to.  In the wake of the flurry of emails, news articles, blogs, and facebook posts that have followed this tragedy however, it is easy to get so overwhelmed by frustration that we seek out someone to blame – anyone.  It would be easy to blame the vets, to blame the Department of Wildlife Conservation, to blame the villagers etc. and the list goes on.  But that would be a mistake and a greater tragedy.  Let this death bring about changes in the way that HEC is dealt with at its most fundamental level, not simply a witch-hunt.  To that end, I’m posting information to correct some of the misinformation out there, and thoughts on where this is all going.

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