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

Abstract

Baker & Winkler make a welcome contribution to elephant conservation in Thailand in advocating a role for joint human/elephant labor and local expertise in rewilding. Their argument would benefit, however, if it drew more upon the local ethnographic evidence. Ethnocentric notions such as “welfare” and “wellbeing” may not fit into the local perception of pachyderms.

Author Biography

Nicolas Lainé holds a PhD in anthropology from Paris-West University (2014). His research focuses on human-animal relations in Asia, the links between health and biocultural diversity, and the decolonization of science. He also serves as an expert member of the IUCN/SSC Asian elephant Specialist Group. Website

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