Elephants that live in Sri Lanka will soon get their very own identity cards!
The new cards will be given to 200 elephants who are kept as pets or live in captivity in this initial stage. Altogether, there are around 7,500 elephants that live in the wild in Sri Lanka.
The idea is that the cards will help protect the elephants from being treated badly by their owners. The new cards will carry a photo and a DNA stamp. This will be unique for every elephant.
Elephants are considered sacred, or special, in Sri Lanka – particularly by Buddhists.
Along with the ID cards, elephants will now be sent for medical check-ups every six months.
Elephants are popular with tourists who visit Sri Lanka – and some places offer elephant rides.