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Title: Elephant crop-raiding and human-elephant conflict in Cambodia: crop selection and seasonal timings of raids
Authors: Webber, Catherine
Sereivathana, Tuy
Maltby, Mathew
Lee, Phyllis C
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Keywords: Asian elephants
crop-raiding management
crop selection
Elephas maximus
human-elephant conflict
Issue Date: Apr-2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Citation: Webber C, Sereivathana T, Maltby M & Lee PC (2011) Elephant crop-raiding and human-elephant conflict in Cambodia: crop selection and seasonal timings of raids, Oryx, 45 (2), pp. 243-251.
Abstract: Elephants are threatened globally by habitat loss, poaching and accelerating levels of human-elephant conflict. For Elephas maximus in Cambodia, crop raiding underlies this conflict. Understanding the timing of raids and selection of crops can help design locally appropriate mitigation and management strategies. This study, using a 4-year database of events, investigated the most frequently raided crops and patterns of raids, over time and seasons and by location. Damage frequency varied significantly by crop, with rice, banana, cassava, sugar cane and papaya most frequently raided. Considering raid events per unit crop area, banana, sugar cane and pineapple were raided more than would be expected based on their availability. There were differences in both crop-raiding events and crop-damage frequencies over study years and there was a peak raiding season in October-December. Nationally, significant differences were found among provinces but not between years. Rates of damage decreased after mitigation strategies such as observation towers, deterrents and fences were implemented. We suggest further mechanisms to improve human-elephant conflict monitoring in relation to crop choice and availability.
Type: Journal Article
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