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President suspends transfer of two elephants in Sinharaja

President Maithripala Sirisena had instructed officials to suspend the transfer of two rare wild elephants from the Sinharaja Forest Reserve until a proper remedy was found, Presidential Media Unit said today.

The President gave these instructions at a meeting held with the
officials of the Mahaweli Development and Environment Ministry.

“He had instructed the officials to seek advice of experts if the two animals were to be transferred in future,” the Media Unit said.