A gazetted national park doesn’t always stop wildlife from crossing into human territory. This is especially true of African elephant herds that follow historic migration routes.
In Uganda, elephants will occasionally leave the security of protected areas, even migrating across national boundaries. The frequent result: human-elephant conflict.
Unable to protect themselves from wildlife as well as people living in the developed world, rural communities have less tolerance for animals that unwittingly damage local livelihoods. When elephants raid villagers’ crops, they and people can suffer severe injury or death.
“Before there was a lot of poaching,” a community advocate says, referring to Karamojong retaliation against elephants over crop raiding. “But now because of sensitization, and the continuous arresting of poachers, they have respect for the animals.”
Last updated on 24 February 2016