Flowering full circle

Report written by International Intern, Rachel Dickson Upon my arrival to the Elephants and Bees Research Center in late October, I was very skeptical that I would be able to carry out the flowering plant project that I had come to accomplish. The reason was simple: there were no flowers. The red Tsavo soil was decorated in dried up bushes and scattered with skeletons of trees. There were no sounds…

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The Elephants and Bees Community

Report by International Intern, Ewan Brennan Community-based conservation projects – protecting wildlife while improving the livelihoods of local people – can be one of those rare, truly win-win situations where both local communities and wildlife enjoy the benefits. Before I arrived at the Elephants & Bees Project, I figured protection of crops from raiding elephants and additional income from honey production would make for pretty great community benefits. Being virtually…

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Getting our hands dirty

(Above image: Myself at the permaculture course – getting my hands dirty!) Report written by Kenyan Student, Kennedy Lemaiyan How about growing food in an organic manner, caring for the environment, sustainably feeding school kids, and equipping local farmers to put more food on their tables? Kileva East Field primary school permaculture garden was initiated by the Elephants and Bees Project in late 2015. The farm was initially a research…

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School trip to Wildlife Works

Report written by International Intern, Ben Kelly The 8th grade students at Kileva Primary School have had their hands full towards the end of the year with their KCPE exams, a stressful time for Kenyan primary school students across the country – so what better way to reward our hard-working students than with a school excursion to Wildlife Works, our local wildlife sanctuary. The day began with students, teachers and…

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Tracking 50×30

Report written by International Intern, Ewan Brennen.  After more than two weeks with no reports of elephant visits to the farms, during breakfast we received a call from Wabongo, one of our longest standing Beehive Fence farmers, who explained a single bull had crossed his land the previous evening. The morning was cool and cloudy with some light showers, excellent weather for tracking for hours through the bush. Upon arriving…

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WILDLIFE WARRIORS, DO YOU STAND FOR #JUSTICE4WILDLIFE?

Blog written by Cara Oldenburg Global March for Elephants, Lions & Rhino – Nairobi The Global March for Elephants Rhino & Lion’s took place on the 7th October.  The purpose of the March is to generate global awareness of the poaching crisis threatening the existence of elephants and rhino, and to stop the trafficking of ivory, rhino horn and wildlife trophies.  It is an occasion for all those against the killing…

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Following in the Steps of 50-30.

Report by International Intern, Zara Ahmed Soon after my arrival at the Elephants and Bees camp, our team climbed into our Land Cruiser and drove down to Mwambiti Village. Nashon, a Mwambiti farmer and Elephants and Bees member of staff, had sighted two bull elephants passing by his farm the previous afternoon and had called us to track them while their prints were still relatively fresh. I was thrilled—what an exciting…

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Human-Elephant Conflict and the use of Honeybees: A South African’s Perspective in Sri Lanka

Written by Sri Lankan intern, Robin Cook Growing up in South Africa, I have always known that large fences, sometimes even electrified, stood between us and the African elephant population. To see wild elephants meant taking a trip to one of our many fenced-off reserves and observing the elephants from the safety of a vehicle. Most South Africans, therefore, do not experience Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC) in the same form as…

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Sisal, Camera trapping & Elephants

Report by International Intern, Clara Moore Just on the other side of the rolling, green Sagalla hill range that the Elephants and Bees team calls home lays the Taita Sisal Estate.  Being partially managed by E&B’s close friends Kevin and Jen Carr-Hartley, we had the opportunity to visit this neighboring estate and learn about sisal as a drought-resistant crop.  Being one of the largest sisal estates in the world and…

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Our Watermelon Harvest

Report written by International Intern, Brianna Stoyle Every Friday, about 25 students from Kileva Primary School, which shares a plot of land with the Elephants and Bees Research Center, gather together for a weekly Farm Club. In April of this year, the permaculture garden at Kileva Primary School underwent an exciting renovation, featuring a new design, outdoor classroom, and new pilot crops, consistent with principles of Conservation Agriculture and permaculture.…

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