The southern province of Dong Nai has approved a 74 billion VND (3.52 million USD) for emergency conservation of wild elephant project in the period of 2014-2020.

The project will be implemented in three districts of Tan Phu, Dinh Quan and Vinh Cuu, with an aim to conserve and develop wild elephant herd in the area, while restoring and protecting biodiversity in the elephants’ living environment, said Pham Minh Dao, head of the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Besides the project also targets the strengthening of wildlife law enforcement, and combating illegal trafficking of elephants’ tusks, added Dao.

According to the Dong Nai Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, wild elephants in the province are facing with extinguishable threat as elephants’ living space and food resources have been reduced.

Since 2009, as much as nine elephants have been killed, while one person was dead from elephant attack as wild elephants have moved close to the residential areas.-VNA