Written by News 1st
22 May, 2014 | 11:56 am
The Department of Wildlife Conservation is taking steps to introduce a new system to register domesticated elephants.
Director General of the Department H.D. Rathnayake stated that it is intended to insert an electronic chip into each domesticated elephant annually which will contain all details pertaining to the animal.
A special feature of this electronic chip will be that details of the elephant’s DNA will also be included in the information that will be embedded in the animal.
Rathnayake said that the reason for this new development was to mitigate the number of instances of elephants being stolen.
It was noted that there are close 350 domesticated elephants located across the country.
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