Tsavo Wildlife

Report written by Marvin Mwarangu I began my internship at E&B at the end of February 2018. Aside from the interesting work, I have seen beautiful flora and fauna during my time here. Below is some of the beauty that Sagalla and its environs have to offer. This has always been the greatest and best view of Sagala hill from the camp. Every morning as I go from my tent…

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Bush Memories (2)

Report written by international intern Abi Best Everyone’s individual role here is integral to the Elephants and Bees team. No one job is the same or restricted to what is expected! Alison, a recent Botany graduate from Trinity College, Dublin has been identifying pollen-producing plants on the farms (essential for the bees and determines whether they will occupy a hive or not) and Abi Johnson, an MSc student from New…

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Bush Memories (1)

Report written by international intern Abi Best I am coming to the end of my internship with the Elephants and Bees team and it has been particularly special. My experiences here were only ever dreams before I arrived, and I feel incredibly grateful to be able to now call them memories. My time here and the people I have met have encouraged me to make one of the most important…

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Sri Lankan elephants retreat from Asian honey bees

PUBLICATION For the first time, researchers have revealed that Asian elephants in Sri Lanka are scared of honey bees, much like their African counterparts. Led by STE’s Head of Human-Elephant Co-Existence Program & Elephants and Bees Project Leader, Dr. Lucy King, the study was carried out in collaboration with elephant scientists from Cornell University, Trunks & Leaves, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and University of Peradeniya in Udawalawe National Park which has…

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A changing climate in Tsavo: effects of the current drought

A changing climate in Tsavo: effects of the current drought Field Blog by Georgia Troup, Elephants and Bees PhD student in Tsavo With wild and changing weather patterns dominating the news at the moment, here in Tsavo we are also experiencing the effects of climate change. Tsavo often sees little and erratic rainfall, however this years’ drought has proven particularly severe and devastating. The effects of completely missing the April-May…

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Supun: Sri Lanka Elephants and Bees Project’s Unsung Hero

Supun: Sri Lanka Elephants and Bees Project’s Unsung Hero Every successful project is made up of unsung heroes whose behind-the-scenes work is vital for the project’s continuation. A shining example of an unsung hero is 23-year old Supun Herath, the Research Assistant at the Elephants and Bees Project’s Sri Lankan study site. Armed with his Tuk-Tuk, handyman skills, and ever-growing knowledge of beekeeping with Asian honeybees, Supun is perfectly suited…

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It Takes a Village

Blog by International Intern Brianna Stoyle It Takes a Village Just a few hours drive from the Elephants and Bees Research Center, just outside Mtito Andei and the northern border of Tsavo East National Park, lays the Kamungi Conservancy Project. Kamungi Conservancy is a community internally owned and run by the people themselves, and supported by our collaborating organization Tsavo Trust to support education, improve access to health care and…

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From Chad to South Africa, beehive fences deter African elephants from crops

Article Published on the Engineering for Change website – May 23 2017 African farmers have dug deep into their arsenals for tools to turn back elephants on midnight crop raids. Guns, firecrackers, spears, rocks and dogs join the fight. The farmers dig trenches, grow thorny hedges and, if they can afford them, electric fences. The methods have varying degrees of success. Electric fences and all-night patrols seem to be among…

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Socks’ blog

Hi All, My name is Socks. I live at the Elephants and Bees camp where I get spoiled by all the lovely interns who come from all over the country to help out with Dr Lucy King’s Elephants and Bees Projects. Recently one of the volunteers brought some strange things with her to give to me and my sister Winkie and her son Tsavo. The small things which smelled delicious…

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The Search for a Poached Tsavo Elephant Tracking Collar

Field report by Dr Lucy King Head of Human-Elephant Co-Existence Program, STE When we heard that one of our 10 collared elephants had been shot and poached last year we were all in shock. Kenani had only been darted to fit a state-of-the-art satellite tracking collar 3 months previously and was sending us back spectacular hourly tracking data of how he was crossing the newly developed railway and moving comfortably between…

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