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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Sisal, Camera trapping & Elephants

Report by International Intern, Clara Moore Just on the other side of the rolling, green Sagalla hill range that the Elephants and Bees team calls home lays the Taita Sisal Estate.  Being partially managed by E&B’s close friends Kevin and Jen Carr-Hartley, we had the opportunity to visit this neighboring estate and learn about sisal as a drought-resistant crop.  Being one of the largest sisal estates in the world and…

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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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Our Watermelon Harvest

Report written by International Intern, Brianna Stoyle Every Friday, about 25 students from Kileva Primary School, which shares a plot of land with the Elephants and Bees Research Center, gather together for a weekly Farm Club. In April of this year, the permaculture garden at Kileva Primary School underwent an exciting renovation, featuring a new design, outdoor classroom, and new pilot crops, consistent with principles of Conservation Agriculture and permaculture.…

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Supporting our Farmers – from Kenyan Top Bar to Langstroth, and closing the gap!

Report by International Intern, Rohan Vince At Elephants and Bees, we work hard with our farmers to ensure that their fences are well maintained, and we provide ongoing training to give them the knowledge to be able to look after their hives, and more importantly their bees! We strive to give our farmers the best possible chance to attract and retain bees so that they can produce meaningful yields every…

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A Hive of Activity

Report by Sri Lankan Intern, Rebecca Sargent It’s been a steep learning curve since I arrived here in Wasgamuwa as the E&B and SLWCS teams have been working non-stop on a variety of different activities. Initially, during my first couple of weeks it was all about prepping the fences for delivery of some new bee colonies. Thanks to a very generous donation from Kiss Me Organics, we have been the…

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Elephant and Bees’ celebrate World Environment Day with Kileva Primary School

Report buy International Intern, Ro Vince One of the projects that Elephants and Bees supports, in addition to working with beehive fence farmers is working with the local Primary School to the research centre, Kileva Eastfields, helping the children to learn more about the elephants that surround them and understand the value that wildlife brings to Kenya. On 5th June we taught the children all about the importance of World…

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First impressions – Wasgamuwa

Sri Lankan Report by International Intern, Becca Sargent  When I first arrived in Wasgamuwa to act as project coordinator for the Elephants & Bees Sri Lanka site, I wasn’t sure I would survive! Although I am used to a warm climate having lived in Kenya, I was not prepared for the sheer heat and humidity of Sri Lanka. Every day was a struggle, particularly on days where we needed to wear…

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Building a Beehive Fence – Sagalla Hill

Report by International Intern, Jackie Delie Undertaking the building or completion of a beehive fence takes a village.  As Elephants and Bees project interns, we began the process of preparing and completing the build of Nzumu’s fence, an employee of Elephants and Bees Project and a farmer in the Mwakoma village, Kenya.  Nzumu first installed his beehive fence in 2012 with 12 hives covering 75% of the land he plants…

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