Growing populations of tigers and elephants often move outside of their protected reserves, where they can come into conflict with humans. How can researchers protect these important species while supporting local communities?
Tigers and elephants are protected within nature reserves in India. However, due in part to their growing population in the Corbett landscape in northern India, many have ventured beyond the boundaries of the reserves, crossing through forest patchesand local villages on their way to reach nearby forested areas. As they pass through these areas, known as “corridors,” they can come into conflict with humans and their livestock.
The Corbett landscape is famous for its vast numbers of tigers and elephants, which play an important role both ecologically and economically, as they are responsible for much of the eco-tourism in the region. With the growing population of these animals, incidents of human-wildlife conflict will only increase in the coming years. You will help researchers to assess the perceptions and needs of the local communities, as well as trial strategies to further strengthen local support, such as by testing methods to reduce crop damage.
Join researchers of The Corbett Foundation to support the long-term conservation of tigers and elephants in northern India.