Future of Thailand's captive elephants: commentary on Baker & Winkler on elephant rewilding

van de Water, Antoinette, Henley, Michelle, Bates, Lucy and Slotow, Rob (2020) Future of Thailand's captive elephants: commentary on Baker & Winkler on elephant rewilding. Animal Sentience, 5 (28). pp. 1-6. ISSN 2377-7478

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Removal from natural habitat and commodification as private property compromise elephants’ broader societal value. Although we support Baker & Winkler’s (2020) plea for a new community-based rewilding conservation model focused on mahout culture, we recommend an expanded co-management approach to complement and enhance the regional elephant conservation strategy with additional local community stakeholders and the potential to extend across international borders into suitable elephant habitat. Holistic co-management approaches improve human wellbeing and social cohesion, as well as elephant wellbeing, thereby better securing long-term survival of Asian elephants, environmental justice, and overall sustainability.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology > QL0081 Wildlife conservation. Rare animals. Endangered species. Wildlife refuges. Wildlife habitat improvement
Q Science > QL Zoology > QL0085 Animals and civilization. Human-animal relationships
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Depositing User: Dr Lucy Bates
Date Deposited: 19 May 2020 07:50
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2021 13:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/91302

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