In a world where there are currently fewer than 4,000 wild tigers, which live in human-dominated landscapes throughout most of their range, dealing with human-tiger conflict is part and parcel of any conservation efforts for this big cat species.
Human wildlife conflict is about resource sharing and managing expectations between different groups of people when wildlife impact on their daily living. Even charismatic lemur species can cause such rifts.
Africa is perceived to be synonymous to wild lands and wildlife but in reality, very few countries in Africa still boast of a vibrant wildlife haven.
As populations grow, humans are competing with other species for land, water and even other resources, creating tensions and sometimes even resulting in death. There are solutions to reducing such conflicts. Dr. Alexandra Zimmermann, Chair of IUCN SSC Human Wildlife Conflict Task Force explains.
The IUCN Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHCP) has supported the creation of the recently inaugurated Holematthi Nature Information Centre near Malai Mahadeshwara Wildlife Sanctuary (MMWS), India. On-the-ground work has been carried out by the Nature Conservation Foundation, an ITHCP grantee.