Malaysia: Humans and elephants at loggerheads
Elephants and humans are coming into contact with each other more often in Malaysia. The areas where elephants used to roam are being built upon or used for agriculture. Some favour relocating them to a national park – but is this the right thing to do?
Conflict between humans and elephants is not new, but the pace of agricultural change and development in Malaysia means the number of clashes is increasing. There are more plantations and logging activity is encroaching on elephant habitat.
A hundred years ago wild elephants on the Malay Peninsula could be counted in their thousands – now, due to the loss of habitat, there are less than 1,500.