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

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.