Farmers, elephants face off

Elephants in Ghana are on an unusual diet. The Kakum Conservation Area (right) contains a national park home to many endangered species, including African elephants. It's also a rainforest. That heavy rain has encouraged cocoa farms (left) to open up along the border.

When farms get so close to the park, elephants venture out and dine on cocoa, often damaging crops. This is only one facet of the tension over land use on the Kakum Conservation Area perimeter: as farmers fear elephants moving out of public land, park officials worry about farmers encroaching on public domain. Officials hope to resolve the issue by creating community-managed buffer zones for farms within 50 meters of the park boundary.

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Caroline Binley