The southern province of Dong Nai will invest 74 billion VND (3.5 million USD) in an elephant preservation project from 2014-2020.

Nine elephants have died since 2009 and one person has been killed in an attack. The province has spent billions of dong on compensating residents after their crops were destroyed by elephants.

The project aims to create a sustainable environment for the province’s wild elephants and held households near forests live without fear of elephants ravaging their crops.

The province is waiting for Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s approval to implement the project./.