ZSL's conservation work with Asian elephants
Asian elephants are classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and due to habitat loss, human conflict and poaching their wild populations are in decline.
The species are also listed on ZSL's EDGE (Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered) list, meaning there is a particularly urgent need for conservation action.
Habitat destruction and fragmentation is one of the main threats to elephants in Thailand, a major stronghold for Asian elephants. Remaining forests are under intensive pressure due to human activities. Unfortunately, this increasingly brings animals living in these forests into contact and conflict with people living nearby, for example when elephants destroy people's crops.
As part of its global conservation efforts, ZSL is currently working in Thailand to reduce human-wildlife conflict and ensure the peaceful coexistence of elephants and humans.
We are working closely with the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) in Thailand to monitor, mitigate and initiate community outreach activities that address conflict between humans and elephants.
We're using new technologies and training members of local communities to collect information to help us understand the causes of crop-raiding and to develop ways to minimise conflict.