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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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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