Elephant-Friendly Honey Harvesting
We’ve had an exciting few weeks on our project site down in Tsavo. Not only are we half way through construction of our new project office and honey processing room but we have also started to harvest some of the many beehives hanging in our protective beehive fences in the community. Having four interns to hand to help with all the jobs needed has been a huge help and I can’t thank Carley, Tara, Njambi and Imran enough for their assistance over the last few busy weeks. They have been project managing the construction site of our emerging project office as well as monitoring all the beehive fences and helping with night time harvesting of the hives. We’re taking care to keep detailed records of where each bucket of honey comes from as we’d like to translate the details of each farmer onto the honey jars so that the buyer knows a little about the farmer who made the honey. We’re in the process of coming up with a new design for our labels but for now we are using our logo stickers and some nice hand written “backs” to help keep on top of the process! Our little kitchen on site is filling up fast with buckets so we hope the project office is going to be finished by mid February and we can move in! Thanks again to The Rufford Foundation and The St Andrews Prize for the Environment for help with building this centre. Its going to help grow our project substantially and provide a wonderful base for future Human-Elephant Conflict researchers to explore more ideas for reducing damaging crop raids and to help communities live more successfully with elephants as neighbours.