Human-Wildlife Conflict (HWC) takes three primary forms across Big Life’s area of operation: crops raided by wildlife, particularly elephants; livestock killed by predators, such as lions; and humans injured or killed due to living in close proximity with wildlife.
Big Life works strategically to mitigate HWC, such as by deploying rapid response ranger teams to move elephants away from farms and building crop-protection fences to create a hard boundary between elephant habitat and agricultural areas.
Big Life also conducts predator protection initiatives to offset the impact of humans living in close proximity with apex predators like lions. As a result, the lion population in Big Life’s area of operation is one of the few populations in all of Africa that is growing, not declining.
Our human-wildlife conflict mitigation programs include: