Monkeys in our gardens, leopards in our fields: the role of coexistence in mitigating human-wildlife conflict

Here is a piece I’ve written for the Science In The News FLASH blog on human-animal conflict. This piece went through editing at ComSciCon-Local 2014, and then more editing through FLASH–I hope it shows!

I’ve wanted to learn more about human-animal conflict since I participated in a workshop on the topic at the Students Conference on Conservation Science 2013 in Bangalore, and writing this piece was a fun way of doing that. The issue is obviously a complex one–we spent the whole workshop just trying to understand what we mean by human-animal conflict! Nevertheless, it’s definitely a growing opinion that in at least some situations, learning how to coexist with wildlife might be the best way to mitigate conflict, and that conservation paradigms need to incorporate coexistence.

Leopard on the road in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Leopard on the road in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

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