Regenerated Forest Mammal Monitoring Project

In an endeavor to highlight the progressive benefits of natural forest regeneration and explore its mutually favorable outcomes for both wildlife and communities, the Regenerated Forest Mammal Monitoring Project aims to survey the terrestrial mammal diversity of naturally regenerated forests in the South of Sri Lanka and work towards their conservation through awareness, community engagement, and building strong relationships with private and government stakeholders to ensure their long-term preservation.

Currently, the regenerated forest study site is in Ahangama, Sri Lanka. This study site is a privately owned 140-acre property that has been allowed to naturally regenerate for over 40 years, from cinnamon and coconut estates into a thriving secondary forest surrounded by paddy fields, roads, and other signs of human habitation.

Our goal is to ensure that green spaces that exist outside protected areas can continue to act as a haven for wildlife. By working with communities and private and government stakeholders, we hope to build a bridge between people and wildlife for a mutually beneficial future of coexistence brought about by conservation through research, education, and awareness.