The Austrian Sri Lankan Elephant Research & Conservation Project
(termed ASERC Project)
- ASERC was born through the natural progression of the cooperation extended by Schoenbrunner Tiergarten (Vienna Zoo) and the organisation "Friends of the Vienna Zoo" to conservation efforts in Sri Lanka.
ASERC was founded in 2005. This is an agreement on cooperative research and species protection projects dealing with Asian elephants in Sri Lanka. This involves elephants both in-situ (wild-living) and ex-situ (under human care).
Research proposals, projects and programs from Austrian colleagues will be coordinated by Harald Schwammer, those from Sri Lankan colleagues by Lalith Seneviratne. A new research team has been established for in-situ and ex-situ conservation projects for Asian Elephants.
Brigadier H.A.N.T. Perera, former Director Department of National Zoological Gardens