Helping Children Save The Elephants

Field Report by Interns Emily Belcher and Nishi Shah, Elephants and Bees Project  ‘In a single decade between 1979 and 1989, half of all of Africa’s elephants were lost to the ivory trade, according to pan African census conducted by Save The Elephants’ Dr Iain Douglas-Hamilton.’ For this reason, it is extremely important to educate people on the importance of wildlife. As the largest of all land mammals, African elephants…

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Can elephants mind their own beeswax?

Field Report by Interns Emily Belcher and Nishi Shah, Elephants and Bees Project  Over many years, elephants have continuously raided farms which has ultimately ended in loss for the farmers or tragedy for the elephants – however the introduction of beehive fences, based on the theory that elephants are afraid of bees, has really helped. This now award-winning project has successfully reduced conflict between elephants and farmers and has increased…

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Makinika na fedha zako: An insight into the Mlambeni Basket Weavers financial literacy training week

Field Report and Photos by Purity Milgo, Elephants and Bees Project Field Assistant  You would think that, in today’s global economy, the majority of people residing in more economically developed countries such as Europe and North America would be financially literate. This is not the case. In fact, studies show that many of the residents in those countries would have preferred to start their finance education in primary or secondary school instead…

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Lucy’s TED Talk reaches 2 million views

Lucy’s TED Talk reaches 2 million views We’re thrilled that Lucy’s TED Talk that she gave at the TEDWomen conference in Palm Springs in December 2019 has just reached 2 million views on the TED platform. If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, here is some more details about the talk and the link: How bees keep the peace between elephants and humans Imagine waking in the…

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Sagalla Dry Season Flowering Plants

Field Report and Photos by Muasa Mwololo, Elephants and Bees Project  As we usher in the new month of September, it’s getting drier in Sagalla. The hot scorching sun is unbearable for most of the indigenous plants, therefore making them shed off their leaves as a survival tactic until the next rain season. But that is not the case for other indigenous plants species. Despite being so dry in Sagalla,…

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Bee Forage during the Dry Season in Sagalla

Field Report and Photos by Muasa Mwololo, Elephants and Bees Botanist  The dry weather season has started to creep up in Sagalla. Plants leaves have withered, dried up and are starting to fall. The wet, beautiful green scenery that was has now faded to a dull and dry grey- brown scenery.   Despite of all these flora changes, it is flowering season for other several plants in Sagalla. Flowers from…

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Handwashing to help combat COVID-19

Field Report and Photos by Muasa Mwololo, Elephants and Bees Project  Handwashing is one of the core measures proposed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to help combat the spread of Covid-19. Hand hygiene is one of the most effective actions  to reduce the spread of pathogens and prevent infections, and regular hand-washing with soap and water, or using an alcohol-based sanitiser have proven to help curb the transmission of the…

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Community support amid Covid-19

Report by Esther Serem (Women Enterprise Center Project Officer), and the Mlambeni Basket Weavers Committee Since December 2019, the Covid-19 virus spread from Wuhan, China to many countries around the world. Sadly, on March 13th 2020 the first case was reported in Kenya and since that day the cases have increased rapidly across the country. To curb the spread, the Kenyan government imposed restrictions which included wearing face masks in public…

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Why is a secretary bird called a secretary bird?

There seems to be no one answer to this question nor to the origins of  its Latin name, Sagittarius Serpentius. Sagittariusnaturally makes one think of the Greek mythological centaur with his token bow, and Serpentius of course of a snake. An unusual combination one might say. To make matters more interesting, the bird forms its own exclusive family: Sagittariidae under the order of Accipitriformes (where other raptors are found). So…

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Organic farming training at Baraka College

Field Report by Community, Livelihoods and Education Officer, Victor Ndombi who has just returned from an intensive organic farming training course at Baraka College Organic farming and Conventional farming are not comparable. Organic farming not only generates comparable yields, but also produces more income and health benefits for farmers than conventional methods. Conventional farming solely relies on synthetic fertilizers to boost the fertility of the soil and use of pesticides to get…

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