Supporting our Farmers – from Kenyan Top Bar to Langstroth, and closing the gap!

Report by International Intern, Rohan Vince At Elephants and Bees, we work hard with our farmers to ensure that their fences are well maintained, and we provide ongoing training to give them the knowledge to be able to look after their hives, and more importantly their bees! We strive to give our farmers the best possible chance to attract and retain bees so that they can produce meaningful yields every…

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A Hive of Activity

Report by Sri Lankan Intern, Rebecca Sargent It’s been a steep learning curve since I arrived here in Wasgamuwa as the E&B and SLWCS teams have been working non-stop on a variety of different activities. Initially, during my first couple of weeks it was all about prepping the fences for delivery of some new bee colonies. Thanks to a very generous donation from Kiss Me Organics, we have been the…

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Elephant and Bees’ celebrate World Environment Day with Kileva Primary School

Report buy International Intern, Ro Vince One of the projects that Elephants and Bees supports, in addition to working with beehive fence farmers is working with the local Primary School to the research centre, Kileva Eastfields, helping the children to learn more about the elephants that surround them and understand the value that wildlife brings to Kenya. On 5th June we taught the children all about the importance of World…

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First impressions – Wasgamuwa

Sri Lankan Report by International Intern, Becca Sargent  When I first arrived in Wasgamuwa to act as project coordinator for the Elephants & Bees Sri Lanka site, I wasn’t sure I would survive! Although I am used to a warm climate having lived in Kenya, I was not prepared for the sheer heat and humidity of Sri Lanka. Every day was a struggle, particularly on days where we needed to wear…

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Building a Beehive Fence – Sagalla Hill

Report by International Intern, Jackie Delie Undertaking the building or completion of a beehive fence takes a village.  As Elephants and Bees project interns, we began the process of preparing and completing the build of Nzumu’s fence, an employee of Elephants and Bees Project and a farmer in the Mwakoma village, Kenya.  Nzumu first installed his beehive fence in 2012 with 12 hives covering 75% of the land he plants…

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Graduate Studies in the Shamba

Report written by Intentional Masters Student, Sophia Weinmann I loved my time as an E&B intern two years ago, that I couldn’t wait to continue working with STE and their Human Elephant Coexistence program. So, when I applied for graduate school at the University of Montana I was keen combine my passion for human elephant coexistence with my Peace Corps experience working with small-scale farmers. I wanted to understand how different…

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How Does a Seed Grow?

Report by International Intern, Jackie Delie “Live as though you’re going to die tomorrow, but farm as though you’re going to live forever.” – Patrick Whitefield Farming is a way of life here in Mwakoma and Mwambiti.  To connect students to the farm behind their school, Elephants and Bee’s project came up with the idea to involve the children in a Farm Club.  The Farm Club is a voluntary club where…

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Deterring elephants with the sound of bees

Report by International intern, Lorna McCallister My first week and a half with the Elephants and Bees Project in Kenya was filled with working on a new elephant deterrent system built and funded by the Disney Conservation Fund. Dr. Lucy King and Dr. Joseph Soltis (Disney Conservation Fund) have studied elephant reactions to sounds of disturbed honey bees played by speakers without the presence of actual bees. They observed that…

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An update from the field in Wasgamuwa, Sri Lanka!

Report by Sri Lankan intern, Zaineb Akbarally We are approaching the end of our current field season in Sri Lanka and what an exciting and successful three months it has been for the team! I joined the small team here on the ground in North Central, Sri Lanka on the outskirts of the Wasgamuwa National Park earlier this year in January to work on understanding and mitigating the intense human-elephant conflict…

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To Make Our Environment Beautiful!

Report by International intern, Rachel Abbott This lovely Thursday morning,  students from Kileva Eastfield Primary School joined Elephants & Bees team members for a community clean-up! The E&B team is keen to engage the students in caring for the environment. Every Wednesday we teach a one hour environmental and wildlife education lesson to Class 8 students, and we lead ongoing efforts to revitalize the school’s permaculture garden while enhancing their nutrition…

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