FERAL: Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning

Foundation for Ecological Research, Advocacy and Learning

The Elephant in the Towns Commons


In India, nearly 15,000 elephants (~50% of its population) live outside protected areas in and around densely populated (up-to 400 people/sq. km) agro-pastoral landscapes, around villages. Loss of elephant habitat overtime, change in land-use and archaic farming practices have all resulted in increased human-elephant conflict (HEC). This project is a long-term approach (3 year plan, 2016-2019) to protecting elephants and improving people’s livelihoods (safety and food security) through community empowerment and reduction in poaching and HEC. Our main target groups are the elephants and villages affected by conflict and we plan to create elephant-friendly villages through monitoring and awareness. This project has been initiated under the "Frontier Elephant Program", a multi-institution effort to address elephant conservation in human dominated landscapes.


a. Improving the lives of people in villages affected by human-elephant conflict, through real-time monitoring of elephants using camera traps and early warning systems
b. Promoting lifestyles among villagers that are compatible with elephant use of the region, in order to prevent fatalities on both sides


Project Information


Srinivas Vaidyanathan
Principal Investigator
Nishant Srinivasaiah

Project Information

Budget: $ 20,000
Project Area: Bangalore and Ramanagara Districts of Karnataka, Southern India

Duration: October, 2016 to September, 2017

Funding Agencies

Prince Bernhard Nature Fund

Project Images

A view of the river Cauvery, within the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary, Ramanagara DistrictVenkataiah, an adult male elephant in the Bannerghatta National ParkThe fragmented elephant habitat in the Ramanagara DistrictHuman-elephant conflict in the Bangalore urban districtBamboo and scrub woodland habitat within a Proctected Area
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