Electric fence protects elephants

An electric fence has been put up at Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Centre to protect two wild elephants


Jun and Gold at Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Centre

On November 5, Huynh Trung Luan, head of Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Centre, said that the fence had been installed in 14 days with help from employees of the Animals Asia.

The fence uses 6.4 to 8.4 Kw. With the fence, the elephants won't be chained anymore and their activities can be expanded to outside of the regular captive zone.

"Electric fence has been used effectively at various conservation centres around the world. The elephants will be freer and experience a more natural environment," Luan said.

The fence will surround 6,000 square-metre of land. It is 1,320 metres long and has a source of 220-volt electrical power. The electricity will only be enough to scare away animals and people.

One of the two wild elephants at the centre was found in February 2014. An employee discovered a five-year-old male elephant after he was injured by a trap with its tusks nearly cut off.


Jun has recovered from the injuries

He has recovered after being treated by experts from Thai Elephant Conservation Centre and named Jun. In May, doctors at Hoa Hao Hospital in HCM City detected a 20-cm long metal piece still logged inside his leg and the Animals Asia had aided the treatment.

In April, employees at Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Centre found and rescued a one-year-old elephant that fell into a well. He was named Gold.

Gold refused to return to the wild and has been cared for at the conservation centre since.


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