Posted on 16 October 2006
In many parts of the world, people and animals are increasingly coming into conflict over living space and food. This is mainly due to expanding human populations and the continued loss of natural habitats.
Conflicts between humans and animals are a serious problem in many parts of the world. The damage and destruction caused by a variety of animals to human property - and sometimes to human life - is a real and significant danger to many human communities. And with the animals often killed, captured, or otherwise harmed in retaliation, these conflicts are one of the main threats to the continued survival of many species. WWF views human-animal conflict as a priority issue for its work on species protection.
Ganesh, the elephant-headed Hindu god, in Assam. The elephant is revered as a living embodiment of Ganesh, but increasing conflict with the species tests people's faith.