Culture, conflict and conservation: Asian elephants in India

Friday 7 March 2014,

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Maan Barua, University of Oxford, reflects upon the role of religion and culture in shaping attitudes towards elephants in India, and considers the ways in which these attitudes impact on elephant conservation.

Exploring the elephant’s role as a flagship species for conservation historically and in contemporary practice, Barua assesses the challenges faced and the implications of this cultural analysis for future conservation.

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