HUNDREDS more villagers in northeast India will be able to live peacefully with elephants thanks to a conservation project.
Conservationists from Chester Zoo and EcoSystems-India have been awarded a second Darwin Initiative grant to help their elephant conservation project in Assam.
The Assam Haathi Project was established in 2004 and has helped six villages and more than 800 households. No elephant or human deaths have occurred in these villages since it began.
The team uses measures such as solar power electric fencing, spotlights and chilli to keep elephants away from crops and homes.
Alexandra Zimmermann, Che- ster Zoo conservation manager and founder of the Assam Haathi Project, said: “With increasing rates of deforestation, elephants are forced to search for food and come into contact with farmers.
“Our project combines community outreach with good science to bring the conflict under control and protect the lives of people and elephants.”