publication . Article . 2018

Camera traps to study the forest elephant’s (Loxodonta cyclotis) response to chilli pepper repellent devices in Gamba, Gabon

Steeve Ngama; Lisa Korte; Mireille Johnson; Cédric Vermeulen; Jérôme Bindelle;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Apr 2018
  • Country: Belgium
Abstract
In Central Africa, Gabon is a forested country with a rich biodiversity where conflict between wild animals and humans is common and causes innumerable damage to crops. The worst crop raiders are elephants, which can destroy an entire crop in a single night. These raids threaten people’s livelihoods as well as elephants because angry farmers often retaliate with killing campaigns against crop raiding elephants. To keep elephants out of farms the use of chilli pepper is recommended as a non-lethal method. But only a few studies have tested methods to use chilli pepper to deter elephants in Gabon. Results from this study give a starting point for understanding how...
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free text keywords: camera trap, Central Africa, chilli pepper, forest elephants, Gabon, : Multidisciplinary, general & others [Life sciences], : Multidisciplinaire, généralités & autres [Sciences du vivant], Geography. Anthropology. Recreation, G
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