Lemayian Kennedy, a young Kenyan conservationist

In conversation: Lemayian Kennedy, a young conservationist

Interview with Lemayian Kennedy by Madi Schiller-Chan Coming from a university all the way from Queensland, Australia, it is easy to see how my perspective of wildlife conservation in Africa is somewhat misguided compared to the perspectives of people here on the ground. After having a few lunch-time discussions with my colleague and friend, Lemayian Kennedy, I realized how important it is to recognize, and thus enhance the local voice…

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Roaring rains, flourishing fields and boisterous bees

Report written by international intern Madi Schiller Chan Currently in Sagalla, the dry, red dusty soil has transformed into glorious soft, slippery crimson mud. The rains have been falling down in roaring amounts. After one year of drought, the people of Mwakoma and Mwambiti and the researchers at Tsavo could not be more ecstatic.   Honeybees reuniting with flowers, families with flourishing crops, farmers with old friends; there is an…

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Might (A Poem)

Written by international intern Madi Chan   The elephants tremble and trample, Slowly and smoothly they glide, She walks in front, leading them all The mud swallowing each of their steps.   The tracks have been laid, The path ceases to be forgotten. The lives of those lost have now been found, Through the salvation of tiny warriors.   She and she, queen and queen, Move and fly in harmony.…

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Monitoring: A Tale of Birds and Bees

Report written by international intern Laura McHenry A little gray bird with a yellow throat and creamy belly has taken to monitoring my work. He glowers at me from his perch on the clothesline, tail held stiffly erect, hopping to and fro in the attitude of a feinting boxer. With each flap of his wings he produces a brisk snap, scolding me like a perpetually disgruntled office manager.  Whether this…

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A changing climate in Tsavo: Relief for farmers and wildlife alike as the rains arrive and the drought is broken

Report written by Georgia Troup, Elephants and Bees PhD student About 8 months ago I wrote a blog outlining some of the devastating effects we experienced due to the 2017 drought. This follow-up blog details some of the ups and downs that Tsavo has experienced from then until now, with the drought finally broken and balance having been restored in the ecosystem. After the previous 12 months of drought, we…

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Tsavo Wildlife

Report written by Marvin Mwarangu I began my internship at E&B at the end of February 2018. Aside from the interesting work, I have seen beautiful flora and fauna during my time here. Below is some of the beauty that Sagalla and its environs have to offer. This has always been the greatest and best view of Sagala hill from the camp. Every morning as I go from my tent…

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Bush Memories (2)

Report written by international intern Abi Best Everyone’s individual role here is integral to the Elephants and Bees team. No one job is the same or restricted to what is expected! Alison, a recent Botany graduate from Trinity College, Dublin has been identifying pollen-producing plants on the farms (essential for the bees and determines whether they will occupy a hive or not) and Abi Johnson, an MSc student from New…

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Bush Memories (1)

Report written by international intern Abi Best I am coming to the end of my internship with the Elephants and Bees team and it has been particularly special. My experiences here were only ever dreams before I arrived, and I feel incredibly grateful to be able to now call them memories. My time here and the people I have met have encouraged me to make one of the most important…

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Testing honey badger deterrent methods

Written by international Master’s student Abi Johnson During my time as an intern with the Elephants and Bee Project (EBP) in 2016, I became aware of the fact that honey badger predation of hives often makes the beehive fences less effective. EBP is and has been using metal sheeting on the hive posts to prevent honey badger attacks on hives with some success.   Yet, often the honey badger was…

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Collaring At-Risk Elephants in Tsavo

Report written by Lydia Tiller, Research and Science Manager HEC Program Photos by Naiya Raja, Elephants and Bees Research Center Co-ordinator, Tsavo Over a period of five days, a team of specialist vets, pilots, drivers, capture rangers and elephant researchers travelled more than 1,300 km across the Tsavo Conservation Area, Kenya, to collar 20 ‘at risk’ elephants. This epic and important operation was a collaborative effort between Kenya Wildlife Service…

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