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NWA LAUNCHES TECH BASE PROJECT TO CATCH SNARE POACHERS

NWA launched a technology-based project in December 2019 that enables park officials to catch poachers red-handed, force prosecution and discourage wildlife poachers using snares. The latest among informed and multi-faceted anti-poaching interventions, the trial project underway at a confidential location uses innovative devices developed by NWA over months of technology trials and years of field …

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Alternative cropping a poor guideline for HEC mitigation

A recommended HEC mitigation practice along forest fringes, using crop species that wild elephants find inedible, is misconceived and counter-productive, NWA field studies show. Alternative cropping is among HEC management guidelines recommended by conservation authorities in some countries (http://www.forest.uk.gov.in/files/01-HEC-guidelines.pdf), some scholars and hence some NGOs as well.   As a result, villages along forest fringes have …

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The unscientific activist ideas that kill humans and wild elephants in Assam and elsewhere

The unscientific activist ideas that kill humans and wild elephants in Assam and elsewhere! Unscrupulous activists and organizations have devised ideas to save elephants lives through unscientific methods that do exactly the opposite! Scores of people get killed in just a small area in Assam every year.                 …

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Open letter to all HEC stakeholders on Thailand nationwide HEC taskforce:

Open letter to all HEC stakeholders on Thailand nationwide HEC taskforce: Thanks to hard work by the Royal Thai Forest Department and the DNP, Thailand is now the leader in Asian wild elephant conservation. Unfortunately, the sharp increase in elephant populations has also led to a serious increase in HEC. The biggest concern is now, …

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The ethics in elephant conservation in Thailand

The ethics in elephant conservation in Thailand A closer look at the definition of “ethical elephant sanctuary” Thailand has a century-old tradition of elephant keeping; originally used in the army and logging. After the logging ban,30 years ago, most elephants became redundant, resulting in begging elephants on the streets of Bangkok and elsewhere. Elephants then …

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NWA Elephant Team helping a wild elephant to cross a main highway

NWA Elephant team helping a wild elephant to cross a main highway Our well trained Elephant depredation team mastered a very difficult situation!   When an Elephant bull came out of the forest, the team was alerted immediately. Recognizing the elephant, we knew that he was going to cross the nearby main highway at some …

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Tea gardens a heaven for elephants?

Tea gardens a heaven for elephants? Is the practice of providing shelter for elephants in tea gardens useful? Tea gardens in India are providing day-time shelter for wild elephants by leaving some areas to grow naturally. A nice gesture that surely shows good intention from tea garden owners and management. Removal of some fences, trenches …

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