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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Sagalla: A Home Away From Home

Report From International Intern, Emma Korien The last few weeks of my internship have been just like every other week here in Sagalla: exciting and eventful! After the adrenaline rush of the collaring week we got right back into the groove of beehive fences and night work. That week was particularly exciting as we had some special visitors,  Cliff Evans came all the way from the UK to visit Kileva…

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My final Days with the Elephants and Bees Project

Report from International Intern, Emma Settle Selecting experiences to include for my final blog has presented quite a challenge, this demonstrates how eventful and varied my 10 week internship has been. I was fortunate to be involved in the construction of two new beehive fences in Mwambiti, which is an exhausting but highly rewarding experience. The hives were kindly provided by a number of different donors and required a team…

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Collaring Tsavo Elephants Along the SGR Railway

Report from International Intern, Emma Settle I was extremely fortunate during the final week of my internship to be involved with an elephant collaring operation conducted by Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) in partnership with Save the Elephants and the Tsavo Trust. The aim of the operation was to assess elephant movements in conjunction with infrastructural development around the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), which is currently under construction and will be…

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An Adventurous Week of Collaring Elephants

Report from International Intern, Matthew Rudolph Elephants have always been a keystone species in Tsavo National Park. They lumber over the ecosystem with a watchful gaze that is beyond compare. Many conservationists have dedicated their lives to protecting these magnificent beasts and their home ranges. But where do these elephants live? Where do they go, and how do they get there? If you build underpasses through a railroad, do they…

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World Wildlife Day – The Future of Elephants is in Our Hands

Report from International Intern, Maddy Ballard Hello everyone! I’m Elephants and Bees’ newest intern. My name is Maddy Ballard and I’m from the United States. I grew up in Philadelphia but have been living in Brooklyn, NY for the past eight years with my dog, Daisy. I’ve always loved animals and I plan on dedicating my life to conservation and wildlife protection. I majored in Interdisciplinary Science at the New…

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The Future of Wildlife Lies in Our Hands.

Report from Kenyan Intern, Patrick Kimaita It has been a month since I arrived at the Elephants and Bees Research Center, and time has really slipped away. I am very excited to be in the right place that will eventually help me to achieve my objective of creating an awareness of the human-elephant conflict. There are many humane ways of being able to live in harmony with wildlife, especially with…

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A Hands on Experience at Elephants and Bees!

Report from Kenyan Intern, Lilian Sailepu My ten-week internship with Elephants & Bees has been very hands on. I was in charge of the camera traps (note; in charge) this doesn’t happen often being an intern. Internships are mostly made up of being appointed menial tasks that need to be completed, making me feel very lucky to have been given so much responsibility and control during my time with Elephants &…

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