A world of firsts

Report written by Kenyan intern Ruth Chelimo When I finally secured an internship to work on the Elephants and Bees project, I couldn’t shut up about it at home. My dream of working with elephants was finally coming true. I had never seen an elephant up close before. My closest brush with elephants was on a drive home from the wilderness and our goal was to make it home alive…

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Elephant Behaviour

Report written by Kenyan intern Benjamin Lago African elephant societies are arranged around family units. Each family unit is made up of around ten closely related females with their calves, and is led by an older female known as the matriarch. Separate family units bond to form kinship or bond groups. After puberty, male elephants tend to form alliances with other males. Elephants have a gestation period of nearly two…

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Moulding Future Conservation Champions!

Report written by Lemayian Kennedy, Schools and Education Program Officer Learning in a classroom for long periods of time proves difficult for most students at least occasionally. It becomes tedious when such lessons are only undertaken theoretically without practical sessions. Exposure compliments the ability of pupils to comprehend facts and easily grasp information that mostly tends to stick in their memories for ages. Coming very close to wild animals in…

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Supporting Local Communities

Report written by international intern Alexa Piggott The ongoing threats to global biodiversity and arguably the complete loss of habitats untouched by man means that conservation must focus its attention on wildlife outside protected areas. In Kenya, much of the areas that African elephants (Loxodonta africana) are found are outside national parks. Therefore, the species is increasingly in competition and conflict with humans for natural resources. To conserve wildlife beyond…

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Harvesting and Processing Elephant-Friendly Honey

Report written by Joy Gacamiu Muthure, Grants and Communications Officer The Elephants and Bees Project uses elephants’ natural fear of honeybees as a deterrent against crop-raiding. Beehive fences are constructed by interlinking beehives which swing and release bees when disturbed by elephants entering the farm (see our Beehive Fence Construction Manual). This method has kept 80% of elephants out of farms at our main project site in Sagalla, Tsavo area.…

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The Elephants and Bees Pollen Library Project

Report written by international intern Justin Krohn Bees represent an important piece of the Elephants and Bees project but are sometimes overlooked compared to their elephant compatriots. The Elephants and Bees project has set up a very cool project that I’ve been able to assist with, that will fill in some of the knowledge gaps regarding what the bees in the area use for pollen sources and will enhance the…

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Learning from the Elephants and Bees Project

Report written by Esther Serem, Beehive Fence Training and Database Officer Last week I received the incredible news that I have secured funding to follow my dreams of completing my Master’s degree in Wildlife Management at Newcastle University in the U.K. This comes nearly two years after I started applying for courses and scholarships overseas, and I can’t wipe the smile off my face!! It all started with working at…

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Let’s talk plants…

Report written by Gloria Mugo, GIS Officer Elephants and Bees Project It all started with the innocent task of documenting elephant raiding activities within the Sagalla community. Me being just the person manning the GPS, and adjusting to getting trapped in the thorny bushes our lovely elephants choose as sneaky pathways to access farms ‘undetected’. A few scratches here and there, several torn pants down the line, and countless hair…

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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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