Slide background Beehive fence and ploughed field Beehive fence protecting half of a trial ploughed field plot ready for planting

Kenya Beehive Fences

Our second project site was established in two Turkana sub-villages of Ngare Mara, just south of Save the Elephants’ core project site of Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves. Here we evolved and developed the beehive fence design to incorporate the more advanced Kenyan Top Bar Hive with an embedded queen excluder. Our research here was entirely participatory and all 64 farmers in the community were involved in the project in one way or another.

Eventually, we protected 17 of the farmers’ fields on the front line of elephant crop-raids with beehive fences and compared data from those protected farms to an additional 17 front line farms who were just using traditional thorn barriers. This data formed the bulk of Dr. King’s DPhil thesis work and her results can be download as both publications and as a full pdf of her thesis. It was here in Ngare Mara that we came up with the label “Elephant-Friendly Honey” which has been a marketing success for our honey brand from the beehive fences.

The beehive fence protected farms in Sagalla have an average of 80% success rate against crop-raiding elephants. The Elephants and Bees Research Center is based in Mwakoma Village, here we have our friendly project office, the honey processing room and our community training center. These facilities enable us to help neigbouring farming communities and to train farmers and project managers on site from other regions of Kenya and Africa.

Our project team are able to consult on HEC projects to advise on whether or not beehive fences might be an appropriate mitigation tool. For more information on how to arrange a site visit please email