van de Water, Antoinette; Henley, Michelle; Bates, Lucy; and Slotow, Rob (2020) Future of Thailand's captive elephants. Animal Sentience 28(18)
Liv Baker and Rebecca Winkler, Asian elephant rescue, rehabilitation and rewilding
Removal from natural habitat and commodification as private property compromise elephants’ broader societal value. Although we support Baker & Winkler’s (2020) plea for a new community-based rewilding conservation model focused on mahout culture, we recommend an expanded co-management approach to complement and enhance the regional elephant conservation strategy with additional local community stakeholders and the potential to extend across international borders into suitable elephant habitat. Holistic co-management approaches improve human wellbeing and social cohesion, as well as elephant wellbeing, thereby better securing long-term survival of Asian elephants, environmental justice, and overall sustainability.