“I want to be a hero and save the elephants”

Report written by International intern, Zaineb Akbarally. “It is good people who make good places.” – Anna Sewell Jambo! I arrived at the Elephant and Bees research centre four weeks ago to work on the eco-friendly method of using beehive fences as a mitigation strategy for crop raiding elephants. Four weeks have passed by incredibly quickly, and in that time I have been involved in an array of exciting activities from installing…

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Working to protect vulnerable populations of both elephants and bees

Report from International Intern, Lorna McCallister ( Sri Lanka Project Site) This is my fifth week working in Sri Lanka on the ‘Elephants and Bees’ project managed by PhD candidate Kylie Butler. The project goal in Sri Lanka is to study if Asian honeybees can be used as a successful deterrent to crop-raiding Asian elephants in the same way that the project has worked with African bees and elephants. As we…

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My Sri Lanka Beehive Fence Experience…

Report from International Intern, Manon Van Der Meer ( Sri Lanka Project Site) The high temperature, sounds of exotic birds awakening and the distant voice of a Buddhist monk spreading prayers through the village – another morning in Sri Lanka. Almost four weeks ago I left Europe to make use of the amazing opportunity to come to Sri Lanka and participate as an intern in the ‘Elephants and Bees Project’,…

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The Activities of Elephants and Bees and the Sagalla Community

Report by International Intern, Abi Johnson I heard about the concept of using beehives as an elephant deterrent during a field course in Uganda. Around Kibale National Park there are large trenches used to prevent the elephants from entering the neighboring town. However with all the rain that the area experiences, these trenches often become eroded. Therefore, at a few particularly vulnerable areas beehives were placed. The hope is that…

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Plants and Health

Report by Kenyan Masters Student, Edwin Ruto Throughout the ages, people have relied on herbal medicine for healing. All cultures worldwide have folk medicinal traditions that include the use of plant products. However, many of these traditional plant resources are in danger of being lost due to the degradation of the enviroment and changes in communities traditional values. Sagalla location in Taita-Taveta County, Kenya, has the Sagalla community as its…

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Repairing Nzai’s Beehive Fence

Report from International intern, Nathan Dowds Mwangome Nzai is an elderly and charming farmer from the Mwakoma community who lives right next to Tsavo East National Park and are therefore quite badly affected by elephant crop-raiding incidents. We built Nzai his beehive fence in 2012 but sadly due to a family tragedy last year he had to stop work on the farm for a period and his beehive fence fell…

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Maximizing Production in a Constrained Landscape: The Elephants and Bees Permaculture Garden

 Report from International Intern, Morgan Vought Hello! My name is Morgan and I am an intern from Chicago, Illinois. I have now been at the Elephants and Bees Tsavo East Research Camp for 6 weeks and it’s hard to believe that my time here is winding down! I’ve been getting my hands dirty in all camp activities, in an effort to learn everything I can- usually falling asleep as soon as…

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News from Elephants and Bees, Sri Lanka

Report From our Australian PhD student, Kylie Butler I have been working on the Elephants and Bees Sri Lanka Project for almost 3 years now and am pleased to report that our pilot study is going well. Our first year, back in 2014, was a very busy year of planning – visiting villages, learning from farmers about the many challenges they face living alongside elephants including the damage to crops and property…

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The Bee- Elephant Enterprise (B.E.E) experience

Report From Exteter University Group After months of preparation, numerous meetings and so much fundraising it was hard to keep track of all the ideas, it was finally time to take the leap and fly to Africa. Disbelief still held on strong as the plane took off; it was difficult to believe that our trip was finally upon us. As equipped as we all felt for the month ahead, none of…

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The Art of Producing Organic, Raw, Unheated Honey

Report From Kenyan Intern, Esther Serem The process of honey harvesting always commences at sundown, when the honeybees are calm and less aggressive. We start by putting on our bee suits, boots and gloves and taping up our zips to ensure bees are unable to enter our suits. When everyone is set, the team heads to the beehive fence for harvesting. Instantly the hives are smoked to stop chemical communication amongst the…

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