Brewing Smelly Elephant Repellent

Field Report by International Intern, Tatiana Chapman Something has been brewing in camp and it’s not been exactly appetising. The smelly elephant repellent has come to Lower Sagalla and last month, we were busy mixing up this, shall we say, exotic substance. Ernest Oniba from WildAid Africa came down from Uganda for his third visit in order to start a pilot project to see whether this unique mixture can help…

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When wildlife conservation meets community livelihoods

Blogpost by Kenyan Intern, Jocelyn Wela  Nature conservation can cause conflicts when there are incompatible interests in environmental resources. This mostly occurs when conservation interferes with the locals economic activities (Joas et al., 2012). National parks and related forest conservation programs generally originate in national and international centers, that are established where people live and use resources, and often impose livelihood costs on rural people (Schelhas et al., 2010). However,…

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Painting the Project

Field Report by International Intern, Tatiana Chapman  This project is about more than just elephants and bees.  Although it’s primary focus is on bee hive fences, the project has necessarily grown and developed to include so many more facets. Conservation rarely nowadays stands alone as primarily focused on animal welfare. Instead a more holistic perspective is adopted and the whole environment and all living things in it are taken into…

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A Changing Landscape

Field Report by International Intern, Tatiana Chapman  I first arrived on the 19th September to a mystically barren landscape. Thorny grey bushes entangled themselves across the deep red soil and dust coated the landscape. Rain had not been seen for a while and the short rains were due soon. Water was scarce and hard to come by for trees and animals alike. It’s hard to say whether after a week…

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What you need for Elephant Tracking

Field Report by Beehive Fence Research Assistant, Derick Wanjala  Mwakoma, Mwambiti and Kajire villages in Sagalla ward, Taita Taveta county are hotspot areas for African elephants. Elephants come from Tsavo East national park via Ndara Ranch to the communities for crop raiding.  The Elephants and Bees Research center based in Mwakoma works with these villages to protect their farms from crop-raiding elephants by using beehive fences. The projects work with…

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School Trip to Taita Hills Sanctuary

Elephants and Bees Environmental Education Program Field Report by International Intern Annemarie Russ  When I walked down the street where the bus was waiting for the kids early in the morning I was greeted by a feeling of excitement and lots of laugher. The kids were eager to start their trip to Taita Hills Sanctuary and so was I. The private reserve is located close to Tsavo West National Park…

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What we learnt from the Mombasa Agricultural Show

Field Report by Community, Livelihoods and Education Officer,  Victor Ndombi Our beehive fence farmers and Kileva primary farm club students visited the Mombasa Agricultural Show, from the 4th-8thSeptember. The purpose of the trip was to equip farmers and students with different agricultural techniques that could boost food security which is in line with government’s Big Four agenda and second SDG ‘No hunger’. Farming in Sagalla has been a mountain to…

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Tsavo’s first Elephant Scholar!

Margaret is the first ever scholar from Tsavo to have successful joined the Elephant Scholarship Program, emerging as the top student at Kileva Primary school. Based in Mwakoma, Sagalla, the Elephants and Bees team have supported the school for many years, however 2019 was the first year for a student from Tsavo to receive an STE scholarship. Since joining the program, Margaret will be assured of her high school education…

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Community & Livelihoods: Helping farmers live in harmony with Elephants

Helping Farmers Live in Harmony with Elephants 🐘🐝 Today we want to highlight the Elephants and Bees Community and Livelihoods team who have transformed the Kileva Primary School permaculture garden into a green productive garden full of food! and we would like to appreciate the donors who have supported this project. A huge shout out and  immense thank you to The Disney RTD fund, the Rufford Foundation, EKCT and all our…

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Part 2 – Economically empowering women: How Challenging is it to Operate a Sustainable Women’s Enterprise Group?

Field blog written by our international  intern, Alexandra Wall LEARNING FROM OTHER WOMEN’S GROUPS IN THE AREA The focus of my summer internship has been developing the groundwork for establishing a Women’s Enterprise Center in Mwakoma. Rather than start from ground zero and reinvent the wheel, we instead visited several women’s groups in the area to learn from their experiences. How and why did these groups start? What income generating…

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