In this tropical island in the Indian Ocean, home to unique environments and peoples, the Roadshow visits an elephant orphanage in the rural North. As conflicts between elephants and humans increase over ever scarcer land, the orphanage provides much needed sanctuary for the babies that cannot survive on their own in the wild. In the forests ancient Veddhic tribes claim their ancestral rights, and we see their fight to resist removal from the newly created National Park. Meanwhile, on the coast tourists can pay to release a tiny baby turtle into the sea, but unwittingly they could be doing more harm than good to this threatened species. The boom in tourism has fuelled a construction industry which consumes thousands of tonnes of coral, burnt for its precious lime. Sri Lanka’s reefs are taking a battering and if the mining continues there culd be none left by the year 2000. The Hands On slot comes from the city of Kathmandu, now heavily polluted by its growing traffic, but help is at hand. The Safa Tempo is a new environmental taxi with many fans.
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