A week of crop raids in Sagalla

Report by International Intern, Rohan Vince  The arid lands of Tsavo have had to endure a long and hot dry season following a period of little rainfall in the last rains. For the elephants in the surrounding national parks of Tsavo East and Tsavo West, this means that waterholes have dried up and food sources have become limited. At Save The Elephants’ Elephants and Bees project site in Sagalla we…

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Encouraging Connection between Kileva Students and Nature

International intern, Rachel Abbott “Our task must be to widen our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures.” –Albert Einstein (painted on the wall of Kileva school) The Elephants and Bees (E&B) team is busy this month, partnering with our neighboring primary school, Kileva Eastfield, to enhance their permaculture, environmental and wildlife education efforts, and to encourage a sense of connection between the children and the nature that surrounds…

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Conservation Agriculture Meeting at the Elephants & Bees Research Centre

Report by interns, Maureen Kinyanjui and Rachel Abbott FIRST CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE TRAINING BY FAO KENYA  The Elephants and Bees Research Center located in Mwakoma village, is a project of Save the Elephants. The aim of the research is to help reduce human-elephant conflict through an innovative approach using bees as a natural deterrent to prevent elephants from raiding crops. The center is supporting local communities by encouraging implementation of good agricultural practices,…

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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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Learning the ropes with the aim to reduce HEC in Gorgongosa NP

Report from visiting Researcher, Paola Branco  Hello, I am Paola Branco, currently a researcher working on ideas to promote coexistence between elephants and local community at Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. I spent almost a month at the  Elephants and Bees Research center learning about beehive fences with Dr. Lucy King and the incredible team of project staff and international and Kenyan students. I had no previous knowledge on beekeeping,…

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Summary of bee collections in Mwakoma: January 2017

Report by visiting Entmologist, Laura Russo The primary purpose of this preliminary study was to determine whether the presence of the honeybee hive fence has a negative impact on the diversity and abundance of wild bees in Mwakoma farms. We compared 5 beehive fence farms with 5 nearby farms that did not have beehive fences. We conducted both bee bowl surveys along a 50m transect, and net collections of 30…

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Tsavo-Mkomazi Total Survey

Report by Tsavo project officer, Esther Serem It has been a longtime dream of mine to view the landscapes and observe how the wildlife is distributed from the air. A few weeks ago, I received a letter of invitation from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and Save the Elephants (STE) to participate in the Tsavo-Mkomazi Total Aerial counts training – as you can imagine I was so excited knowing my…

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Elephants Galore….

Report by international intern, Tosca Tindall It was six months – almost to the day – from when I left Sagalla in June to when I returned on the first day of 2017, and the place is unrecognisable! When I left the April rains had turned the village into a rolling sea of African basil, morning glory and moringa; our hive occupancy was over 60% and the team was consumed…

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A brief visit to E & B

Report from International Intern, Sun Xiao During the short period I stayed at the Elephants & Bees research camp (E&Bs), I was lucky to get involved in various aspects of the project activities such as beehive fence monitoring, crop-raiding incident recording, lip balm making, and also assisting the resident master and PhD students with their research projects. I was very impressed by the excellent and precise data collection methods that are…

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Mayhem in Mwakoma

Report by International Intern, Ryan Wilkie It is mid-December and after the late rains crops are just beginning to sprout down in Tsavo. Even so the research camp has been abuzz with activity. We have sent multiple teams out each day for the past week to visit farms in both Mwakoma and Mwambiti after receiving troubling reports of multiple farms being invaded by elephants. In one night as many as…

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