Chilies to the Rescue! Easing the Human-Elephant Conflict

A film by Herbert Ostwald
Documentary (43 min), ZDF/Arte, 2010  

Africa is reporting a rise in elephant numbers. At the same time the population of humans is growing. Man and elephant require space. Conflicts between both are unavoidable and the battle between humans and elephants is getting more grisly and costlier. Conservationists and gamekeepers of Africa are researching new methods to manage the jumbos: especially chili peppers seem very promising as the elephants’ long trunks are very sensitive to the hot spice. But the question remains: Is there any chance for a permanent and peaceful coexistence of humans and elephants? How many elephants can the African continent handle?

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