Enhancing Elephant Connectivity and Safety in Tea Estates, India

Home to over 1700 elephants, the Kaziranga landscape is one of the most important habitats for elephants in India and is centered around Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. Elephants in this habitat live in fragmented populations surrounded by a matrix of anthropogenic land uses including tea estates that elephants regularly migrate through during annual flood seasons. This project is implementing a community-based approach minimizing human-elephant conflict to protect migration patterns and connectivity between fragmented habitats. Tea community members will be trained to document elephant movement in tea estates, record elephant behavioral responses to people with photographs and video, and encouraged to use safe practices for human-elephant coexistence through community engagement.