This article focuses on the intersection of indigenous peoples, conservation, and elephant wellbeing in Cambodia. While social justice advocates emphasize the human cost of conservation in human-animal conflicts, those concerned with animal protection and rights have problematized the treatment of elephants. This critique stems from evidence that the human relationship to elephants, captive and wild, remains largely utilitarian or exploitive. In Cambodia, there is a record of wild Asian elephants coexisting with local communities, but more so a long history of elephants used for labor. This article discusses the possible areas of reconciliation between human and Asian elephant interests at a Mondulkiri elephant sanctuary in Cambodia, suggesting potential paths toward win-win scenarios for the local and indigenous people, as well as for the elephants and their habitats.
|Number of pages||22|
|Journal||Society & Animals|
|Early online date||8 May 2023|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 8 May 2023|