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Liv Baker and Rebecca Winkler, Asian elephant rescue, rehabilitation and rewilding

Abstract

Rewilding is a psychological and sociocultural event for nonhuman animals that goes beyond the traditional framework of ecology. Elephants need to be seen as political agents in a collaboration. Our commentators shed light on the hierarchical assumptions and politics involved. Mixed-community collaboration can create dynamic and sustainable conservation interventions that are crucial to reconceptualizing the human-elephant relationship beyond the concept of labor. The profound effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have laid bare the fundamental vulnerabilities of the elephant tourism industry. Moreover, how well an elephant has been buffered by the fallout of the pandemic is dependent on the specific relations between mahouts and elephants.

Author Biography

Liv Baker, conservation behaviorist and expert in wild animal welfare, explores similar patterns of wellbeing seen across the animal kingdom. Her work includes elephants, arachnids, rodents, pigs. primates, cetaceans, and macropods, Liv teaches at Hunter College, CUNY, and is the research director with Mahouts Elephant Foundation, UK. Website

Liv Baker, conservation behaviorist and expert in wild animal welfare, explores similar patterns of wellbeing seen across the animal kingdom. Her work includes elephants, arachnids, rodents, pigs. primates, cetaceans, and macropods, Liv teaches at Hunter College, CUNY, and is the research director with Mahouts Elephant Foundation, UK. Website

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