Beehive Fence Farmer Kit

Post by Mobile Unit Education and Outreach Manager Naiya Raja   Beehive fence ready! Packed and unpacked by project member Ewan Brennan in the Elephants and Bees Research Center Community Hall, this neat box includes some of the essentials needed to maintain good hive health and a strong beehive fence. Building capacity through our new Mobile Outreach Unit, the Elephants and Bees team is now able to reach beyond our core…

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Digitizing farms in the Tsavo ecosystem

Report written by Kenyan intern Brian Mwika Geographic Information Systems (also known as Geospatial Information Systems or GIS) are computer software and hardware systems that enable users to capture, store, analyze and manage spatially referenced data.   Conservation efforts have been prominent in mitigating the significant threats facing wildlife and enhancing species’ survival by using GIS knowledge. One method has been to utilize GIS to assess regions and areas occupied by…

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A world of firsts

Report written by Kenyan intern Ruth Chelimo When I finally secured an internship to work on the Elephants and Bees project, I couldn’t shut up about it at home. My dream of working with elephants was finally coming true. I had never seen an elephant up close before. My closest brush with elephants was on a drive home from the wilderness and our goal was to make it home alive…

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Elephant Behaviour

Report written by Kenyan intern Benjamin Lago African elephant societies are arranged around family units. Each family unit is made up of around ten closely related females with their calves, and is led by an older female known as the matriarch. Separate family units bond to form kinship or bond groups. After puberty, male elephants tend to form alliances with other males. Elephants have a gestation period of nearly two…

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Moulding Future Conservation Champions!

Report written by Lemayian Kennedy, Schools and Education Program Officer Learning in a classroom for long periods of time proves difficult for most students at least occasionally. It becomes tedious when such lessons are only undertaken theoretically without practical sessions. Exposure compliments the ability of pupils to comprehend facts and easily grasp information that mostly tends to stick in their memories for ages. Coming very close to wild animals in…

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Supporting Local Communities

Report written by international intern Alexa Piggott The ongoing threats to global biodiversity and arguably the complete loss of habitats untouched by man means that conservation must focus its attention on wildlife outside protected areas. In Kenya, much of the areas that African elephants (Loxodonta africana) are found are outside national parks. Therefore, the species is increasingly in competition and conflict with humans for natural resources. To conserve wildlife beyond…

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Harvesting and Processing Elephant-Friendly Honey

Report written by Joy Gacamiu Muthure, Grants and Communications Officer The Elephants and Bees Project uses elephants’ natural fear of honeybees as a deterrent against crop-raiding. Beehive fences are constructed by interlinking beehives which swing and release bees when disturbed by elephants entering the farm (see our Beehive Fence Construction Manual). This method has kept 80% of elephants out of farms at our main project site in Sagalla, Tsavo area.…

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The Elephants and Bees Pollen Library Project

Report written by international intern Justin Krohn Bees represent an important piece of the Elephants and Bees project but are sometimes overlooked compared to their elephant compatriots. The Elephants and Bees project has set up a very cool project that I’ve been able to assist with, that will fill in some of the knowledge gaps regarding what the bees in the area use for pollen sources and will enhance the…

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Learning from the Elephants and Bees Project

Report written by Esther Serem, Beehive Fence Training and Database Officer Last week I received the incredible news that I have secured funding to follow my dreams of completing my Master’s degree in Wildlife Management at Newcastle University in the U.K. This comes nearly two years after I started applying for courses and scholarships overseas, and I can’t wipe the smile off my face!! It all started with working at…

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Let’s talk plants…

Report written by Gloria Mugo, GIS Officer Elephants and Bees Project It all started with the innocent task of documenting elephant raiding activities within the Sagalla community. Me being just the person manning the GPS, and adjusting to getting trapped in the thorny bushes our lovely elephants choose as sneaky pathways to access farms ‘undetected’. A few scratches here and there, several torn pants down the line, and countless hair…

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