Revered by many Asian cultures, the Asian elephants have been affected by the conflict of space against human inhabitants, poaching for ivory and human appetite for their meat and hides. The destruction of forests due to logging, encroachment, slash-and-burn and many others have served as threat to the survival of the elephant. Since the 1950’s, its overall population has been reduced to 50% with over 370 elephants and 1,150 people dying between 1980 and 2003 due to human-elephant conflicts in Northeast India alone.

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