Has an elephant trampled your crops? Call this hotline for help

Wild Seve | A Short Film by Prakash Matada

Farmers in India now have help when their livelihoods are impacted by wildlife, thanks to this hotline. If crops are destroyed or livestock is killed, a call is placed and locally based field staff are dispatched to reported incident locations. They assess the extent of the damage and help the affected family file and track compensation claims with the government. Developed by Dr Krithi Karanth, project Wild Seve was launched in 2015 with the support of Wildlife Conservation Society and Centre for Wildlife Studies. It has grown to service 600 village settlements and almost 1/2 million people around Nagarahole and Bandipur National Parks. By empowering people and assisting the government, Wild Seve is helping to build tolerance for wildlife and wild places.

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