To test a variety of medicinal and aromatic crops regarding their attractiveness to Asian elephants (Elephas maximus).
Farmers in the Gologath area, East of Kazirangha National Park, are suffering from frequent and severe crop damage by elephants. Traditional crop protection measures such as guarding and chasing away elephants, but also electrical fences are cost and labour intensive. The staple crop rice and the cash crop sugar cane are highly attractive to elephants, and will not lose their attractiveness through guarding. For this reason, the cultivation of crops, which are less attractive or even unpalatable to elephants, might offer an economically viable alternative. To accomplish this, we are exposing five different medicinal and aromatic crop types to large groups of wild elephants over a three year timeframe.
Scientific and technical advice on experimental design, data collection and analysis.