Electric fence erected to protect elephants

ĐỒNG NAI – An electric fence is being used on a trial basis to resolve conflicts between wild elephants and people in the southeastern province of Đồng Nai, the province’s Forest Protection Sub-Department said on Thursday.

The fence, which is 50km long and 2.2m high, runs along Vĩnh Cửu District’s Mã Đà and Phú Lý communes and Định Quán District’s Thanh Sơn Commune.

The fence has a low voltage (4.5 – 14kV), preventing the chance of electrocution, according to Nguyễn Văn Dũng, head of the Sub-department’s Preservation Division.

Electrical warning signs are posted every 50m along the fence to alert local residents.

The fence separates residential areas and farming areas from natural forests where wild elephants live, and it keeps people and crops safe from the intrusion of the elephants.

It also offers security to wild elephants, which have encroached on areas searching for food.

Đồng Nai has about 14 wild elephants living in Vĩnh Cửu, Định Quán and Tân Phú districts.  – VNS