World Elephant Day Broadcast on Asian Elephants

We invite you to watch our World Elephant Day Broadcast with world-renowned Asian elephant conservationist, Ganesh Raghunathan, and a panel of experts from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Ganesh and his team have developed a new and innovative approach to prevent human-elephant conflict by using something many of us probably have in our pocket--a cell phone. By working proactively with stakeholders, including private companies, local media outlets, and government officials, Ganesh is helping to protect animals and save human lives.

Human-elephant conflict is one of the biggest challenges faced by Asian elephant range countries today, threatening both people and elephants. There is no one size fits all approach to elephant conservation. What works in Africa may not work in Asia, but what does work is engaging with local communities early and often. Local people--those who may have to live with elephants literally in their backyard--are often overlooked when trying to find solutions and in fact they should be the first to engage.

Originally aired on August 10, 2017.