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Dr. Prithiviraj - From healing Humans to healing the World

Finding purpose in life is a blessing and for Dr. Prithiviraj, that blessing has grown as the years have passed by. This MBBS Doctor has always been passionate about pachyderms, especially the Asian variety, and has over the years devoted more and more time to helping humans understand them. He is a member of the Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG) of the IUCN, a Research Associate of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and is also Chairman, Trustee & Scientist of the Centre for Conservation and Research in Sri Lanka. With his vast experience, expertise and involvement in elephant related research projects overseas since 1998, he comes on board as a Consultant to the Human-Elephant Conflict Mitigation Project. The Eco Team family is proud to have him on board in this journey to find a lasting solution to the HEC issue in Sri Lanka.


Our policy in discouraging Animal Cruelty, Tourist Traps and Staged Tourist Shows

Animals Are Friends Too: Discouraging Animal Cruelty, Tourist Traps and Staged Tourist Shows

We at ExJ stay away from tourism experiences that are staged and involve animal cruelty and shopping traps that are contrived to exploit and deceive clients.

Even though some of the popular ‘attractions’ are not included in our programmes due to the above reasons, we have no objections in our clients making their own arrangements with our Drivers to visit these places.


Why we do not promote following attractions


Turtle Hatcheries

As this concept has serious negative aspects in terms of conservation, we do not encourage our visitors to patronize the turtle hatcheries, as not all of them are really turtle-friendly. We instead encourage them to observe turtles in their natural habitats.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

When we became aware that the animal welfare standards there were questionable, we stopped encouraging our clients to visit the orphanage. We are pleased to observe that the Born Free Foundation has now adopted similar measures.

Elephant back rides – Habarana

There’s uncertainty surrounding the attitude of this place towards animal welfare. There may be a few ethical operators, but in general, we are not in agreement with how the place is run. We all would love a photo of us riding an elephant, but is a lifetime of pain caused to these magnificent mammals really worth a few fleeting likes on social media?

Traditional Village Tour with a Canoe Trip and Bullock-Carts – Habarana

This is a tourist trap where a lot of the trip is ‘staged’ for commercial purposes. Such fake touristic experiences will not give our visitors an idea of what life in the country is really like, so join us as we show you the real side of Sri Lanka. And at the end of every vacation, always ask yourself, “Did you feel that your holiday was ethical, eco-friendly, and reduced environmental impacts?”

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