Dong Nai tests electric fence to protect elephants

A 50km long electric fence has been put into operation on a trial basis to prevent wild elephants from wandering into residential areas in the southern province of Dong Nai, according to the provincial Forest Protection Sub-Department.

A 50km long electric fence has been put into operation on a trial basis to prevent wild elephants from wandering into residential areas in Dong Nai province. (Photo: dantri.com.vn)

A 50km long electric fence has been put into operation on a trial basis to prevent wild elephants from wandering into residential areas in Dong Nai province. (Photo: dantri.com.vn)

The 2.2m high electric fence runs across Vinh Cuu district’s Ma Da and Phu Ly communes and Dinh Quan district’s Thanh Son commune,. 

Electricity is regularly switched on and off every one third of a second, which helps keep the elephants at bay while not inflicting harm on them.

Along the fence there are many gates for local residents to pass through.

The fence was built at total cost of VND 85 billion (US$ 3.7 million) sourced from state and local budgets.

Dong Nai province’s forest is currently home to about 15 wild elephants. In recent years, there have been increasing conflicts between local farmers and wild elephants as the animals approached residential areas and destroyed local crops and orchards. In the past seven years, nine wild elephants died and one person was killed by elephants.

VNS

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