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Human-elephant conflict concern in Cardamoms Credit: FFI

High level forest disturbance increases human-elephant conflict risk in Cambodia

Posted on: 14.02.12 (Last edited) 15 February 2012

elephant forced onto road in the Cardamons Credit: FFI

Large scale habitat conversion and high levels of forest disturbance have resulted in a spate of recent sightings of elephants in and around number of villages across the Cardamom Mountains landscape over the last 12 months.

Fears of increased human elephant conflict Credit: FFI
Until recently, elephants were rarely if ever seen, even by conservation researchers. These pictures and video were captured in January 2012 by the FFI Cambodian Elephant Conservation Group team. Taken on the forest edge close to a sugar cane plantation, they show how scary a close encounter with a stressed and confused elephant can be.

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Matt Maltby

Matt is a wildlife biologist specializing in tropical research expeditions and population genetics, with experience in Madagascar and Cambodia. He has experience planning and executing large-scale surveys for elusive mammals such as elephants and has helped devise new genetic analysis techniques for the monitoring of wildlife populations. Matt has worked in Cambodia since 2004 and since joining FFI in 2006 has given extensive technical input to the Cambodian Elephant Conservation Group as well as working on the British American Tobacco partnership to minimise the risks posed by the tobacco industry on biodiversity. Matt is currently working on expanding our elephant conservation work to new sites in Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and China.

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