|The Hirayama Ikuo Volunteer Center, Waseda University|
|Research Fields||Environmental Sociology, Wildlife and Society
I have clarified the coexistence of local residents and wildlife as a process of continuous change in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. When you look at a place that attracts the flow of international funds and power for nature conservation from the perspective of the local resident, you will find a totally different view. In recent years, African elephants have become destructive, and their destruction of farms in the villages, leading to damage on people, is increasingly problematic. I also conduct a project with the villagers to prevent destruction by the elephants (Happy Honey Challenge by the non-profit organization Afric Africa [http://afric-africa.vis.ne.jp/04africa/index.htm]).