Integrating Human Elephant Coexistence endeavors through street plays in Hosur Forest Division of Tamil Nadu, India
Human elephant conflict (HEC) has become a perennial problem in most of the elephant range areas in India. Elephants are leaving the forests and causing enormous damage to life and property of the people living in and around forests. Supported by IEF, in 2015 Zoo Outreach Organization began to perform street plays in ten selected villages of the Erode districts with the objective to teach mitigation techniques and to promote human elephant coexistence by using folklore theatre “Veedhi Natakam” which is one of the oldest and most powerful art forms in Tamil Nadu.
These street plays help the villagers understand the themes and issues related to HEC and the need for coexistence with elephants and other wildlife species.