From Chad to South Africa, beehive fences deter African elephants from crops

Article Published on the Engineering for Change website – May 23 2017 African farmers have dug deep into their arsenals for tools to turn back elephants on midnight crop raids. Guns, firecrackers, spears, rocks and dogs join the fight. The farmers dig trenches, grow thorny hedges and, if they can afford them, electric fences. The methods have varying degrees of success. Electric fences and all-night patrols seem to be among…

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Graduate Studies in the Shamba

Report written by Intentional Masters Student, Sophia Weinmann I loved my time as an E&B intern two years ago, that I couldn’t wait to continue working with STE and their Human Elephant Coexistence program. So, when I applied for graduate school at the University of Montana I was keen combine my passion for human elephant coexistence with my Peace Corps experience working with small-scale farmers. I wanted to understand how different…

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How Does a Seed Grow?

Report by International Intern, Jackie Delie “Live as though you’re going to die tomorrow, but farm as though you’re going to live forever.” – Patrick Whitefield Farming is a way of life here in Mwakoma and Mwambiti.  To connect students to the farm behind their school, Elephants and Bee’s project came up with the idea to involve the children in a Farm Club.  The Farm Club is a voluntary club where…

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Deterring elephants with the sound of bees

Report by International intern, Lorna McCallister My first week and a half with the Elephants and Bees Project in Kenya was filled with working on a new elephant deterrent system built and funded by the Disney Conservation Fund. Dr. Lucy King and Dr. Joseph Soltis (Disney Conservation Fund) have studied elephant reactions to sounds of disturbed honey bees played by speakers without the presence of actual bees. They observed that…

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An update from the field in Wasgamuwa, Sri Lanka!

Report by Sri Lankan intern, Zaineb Akbarally We are approaching the end of our current field season in Sri Lanka and what an exciting and successful three months it has been for the team! I joined the small team here on the ground in North Central, Sri Lanka on the outskirts of the Wasgamuwa National Park earlier this year in January to work on understanding and mitigating the intense human-elephant conflict…

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To Make Our Environment Beautiful!

Report by International intern, Rachel Abbott This lovely Thursday morning,  students from Kileva Eastfield Primary School joined Elephants & Bees team members for a community clean-up! The E&B team is keen to engage the students in caring for the environment. Every Wednesday we teach a one hour environmental and wildlife education lesson to Class 8 students, and we lead ongoing efforts to revitalize the school’s permaculture garden while enhancing their nutrition…

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Socks’ blog

Hi All, My name is Socks. I live at the Elephants and Bees camp where I get spoiled by all the lovely interns who come from all over the country to help out with Dr Lucy King’s Elephants and Bees Projects. Recently one of the volunteers brought some strange things with her to give to me and my sister Winkie and her son Tsavo. The small things which smelled delicious…

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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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