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Tolerating tigers: do local beliefs offset
human-carnivore conflicts?

 

 

Principal Investigator: Dr Matthew Struebig
Co-Investigator: Dr Freya St. John
In-country Coordinator: Jeanne McKay
Project dates: 2014 - 2017
Funding: Leverhulme Trust
Collaborators: Fauna and Flora International Indonesia Programme; University of Cambridge; Universitas Nasional (UNAS) Jakarta

 

 

Large carnivores that cause loss of human life or livelihoods are frequently killed in retribution. However, religious or spiritual beliefs may encourage local tolerance of such conflicts. To date, conservation biologists and social scientists have not tested this aspect of human-wildlife conflict within a quantitative and interdisciplinary framework. A long-term case study of Sumatran tigers living close to Islamic farming communities allows us to explore both ecological and social determinants of such conflicts. Taken together, these data will provide timely insights into the drivers of tiger conflict, and allow us to better understand how to strengthen tolerance towards dangerous wildlife.

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