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


Baker & Winkler’s extremely stimulating proposal clearly illustrates conflicting priorities in biodiversity conservation and management that are exacerbated when human cultural resources and animal welfare are a part of the solution. We suggest that the discussion can benefit from an even more explicit unpacking of the conflicting values associated with the proposal.

Author Biography

Daniel T. Blumstein is a behavioral biologist and conservation scientist in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at the University of California Los Angeles. His research synthesizes insights from different fields to improve applied outcomes. Website

Kate E. Lynch is a philosopher of science and biologist at the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney. Her current research addresses the most effective ways to implement conservation actions, while taking into account diverse and often conflicting values and interests. Website