Chad Beehive Fences
Save-Elephants has developed a beehive fence project in Monts de Lam, in the Southwest of Chad. The beehive fence project started in 2015 with 50 beehives and 50 dummy hives. In 2016 a further 100 hives were erected, and are being paired with 100 dummy hives as per our Elephants and Bees Project manual suggestions. The Save-Elephants project collaborates with a local small NGO called A.L.C.P. (Association for the Fight Against the Poverty) and its president, Mr Samuel Benou.
The beehive fences have been used on several small holder farms of maize, cotton, ground nuts and sorghum and the farmers have reported that on several occasions the elephants have avoided entering their farms and get angry when confronted by the bees.
The bees colonized the hives naturally, and were able to provide the farms with protection from elephants soon after the fence had been constructed. After one year between 15-20 litres of honey was being harvested per hive. Initially the honey was left entirely for the farmers who built the beehive fences, however moving forwards some of the harvested honey will be kept for the organisations (A.L.C.P & Save-Elephants) to process and sell in the capital city N’Djamena and city of Mondou, for local and international people to gain further awareness of the project.
Unfortunately it was observed that honey was sometimes stolen from some of the more remote fields. To find out more about the work Arthur and his team are doing to protect elephants in Chad please look at their website.