Yunnan is home to the last wild Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in China. However, long-terms survival of Chinese elephants is challenging.
To seek innovative and evidence-based approaches, 40 scientists gathered together at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG) to discuss “identifying priorities for research and conservation of Chinese elephants” from June 24-26.
There are about 250 elephants in multiple isolated populations in Xishuangbanna, Puer, and Lincang. Amidst rapid economic development and landscape change, the long-terms survival of Chinese elephants is challenging and will require innovative and evidence-based approaches endorsed by a wide range of stakeholders. At the same time, elephant conservation in China presents many opportunities, due to existing vision and commitment from conservation authorities, the quality and abundance of experts, and the availability of financial and technological resources for Asian elephant.
The meeting provided an expert panel to discuss whether there is a future for wild Asian elephants in China.
Afterwards, the participants had field studies at Wild Elephant Valley in Xishuangbanna.
The meeting was co-organized by XTBG, Zoological Society London, and Beijing Forestry University.
Experts meet to discuss whether there is a future for for wild Asian elephants in China.
Expert panel meeting.
Participants pose a group photo.