A changing climate in Tsavo: Relief for farmers and wildlife alike as the rains arrive and the drought is broken

Report written by Georgia Troup, Elephants and Bees PhD student About 8 months ago I wrote a blog outlining some of the devastating effects we experienced due to the 2017 drought. This follow-up blog details some of the ups and downs that Tsavo has experienced from then until now, with the drought finally broken and balance having been restored in the ecosystem. After the previous 12 months of drought, we…

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Tsavo Wildlife

Report written by Marvin Mwarangu I began my internship at E&B at the end of February 2018. Aside from the interesting work, I have seen beautiful flora and fauna during my time here. Below is some of the beauty that Sagalla and its environs have to offer. This has always been the greatest and best view of Sagala hill from the camp. Every morning as I go from my tent…

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Bush Memories (2)

Report written by international intern Abi Best Everyone’s individual role here is integral to the Elephants and Bees team. No one job is the same or restricted to what is expected! Alison, a recent Botany graduate from Trinity College, Dublin has been identifying pollen-producing plants on the farms (essential for the bees and determines whether they will occupy a hive or not) and Abi Johnson, an MSc student from New…

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Bush Memories (1)

Report written by international intern Abi Best I am coming to the end of my internship with the Elephants and Bees team and it has been particularly special. My experiences here were only ever dreams before I arrived, and I feel incredibly grateful to be able to now call them memories. My time here and the people I have met have encouraged me to make one of the most important…

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Testing honey badger deterrent methods

Written by international Master’s student Abi Johnson During my time as an intern with the Elephants and Bee Project (EBP) in 2016, I became aware of the fact that honey badger predation of hives often makes the beehive fences less effective. EBP is and has been using metal sheeting on the hive posts to prevent honey badger attacks on hives with some success.   Yet, often the honey badger was…

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Collaring At-Risk Elephants in Tsavo

Report written by Lydia Tiller, Research and Science Manager HEC Program Photos by Naiya Raja, Elephants and Bees Research Center Co-ordinator, Tsavo Over a period of five days, a team of specialist vets, pilots, drivers, capture rangers and elephant researchers travelled more than 1,300 km across the Tsavo Conservation Area, Kenya, to collar 20 ‘at risk’ elephants. This epic and important operation was a collaborative effort between Kenya Wildlife Service…

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News from the Sri Lankan Field

Report written by Sri Lankan Intern, Ramona Stephen I still can recall the uncertainty I carried on my shoulders along with my belongings in a rucksack when I first came to Wasgamuwa. It hadn’t even been a year since I left California, and was just getting used to the perks and comforts of being at home. It was during my short tenure at the Women’s Development Center (WDC), where I…

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Sri Lankan elephants retreat from Asian honey bees

PUBLICATION For the first time, researchers have revealed that Asian elephants in Sri Lanka are scared of honey bees, much like their African counterparts. Led by STE’s Head of Human-Elephant Co-Existence Program & Elephants and Bees Project Leader, Dr. Lucy King, the study was carried out in collaboration with elephant scientists from Cornell University, Trunks & Leaves, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and University of Peradeniya in Udawalawe National Park which has…

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Flowering full circle

Report written by International Intern, Rachel Dickson Upon my arrival to the Elephants and Bees Research Center in late October, I was very skeptical that I would be able to carry out the flowering plant project that I had come to accomplish. The reason was simple: there were no flowers. The red Tsavo soil was decorated in dried up bushes and scattered with skeletons of trees. There were no sounds…

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The Elephants and Bees Community

Report by International Intern, Ewan Brennan Community-based conservation projects – protecting wildlife while improving the livelihoods of local people – can be one of those rare, truly win-win situations where both local communities and wildlife enjoy the benefits. Before I arrived at the Elephants & Bees Project, I figured protection of crops from raiding elephants and additional income from honey production would make for pretty great community benefits. Being virtually…

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