2 methods helping with living in harmony with elephants

Field Report by Intern Ephie Lumumba, Elephants and Bees Project  Elephants are known crop raiders, so understanding the timing of the raid and the choice of crops through tracking and frequent monitoring is crucial in developing targeted elephant monitoring and effective mitigation strategies. Different local communities coexist with elephants in different methods depending on governmental support and other stakeholder’s capacity. Communities living in areas prone to human elephant conflict try…

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Baby boom in Tsavo East

Field Report by Intern Jessica Murage,  Elephants and Bees Project    On 13th March class 5-8 pupils from Kileva primary school were exhilarated for their trip to Tsavo East National Park. We started the trip at 8.00 in the morning so that we’d have enough time to explore. Tsavo East is located near Voi Town in the Taita Taveta District and is home to numerous iconic large mammals including elephants,…

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Celebrating World Wildlife Day

Field Report by Intern Jessica Murage,  Elephants and Bees Project  This year World Wildlife Day fell on the 3rd of March and was celebrated under the theme “Forests and livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet”, as a way to highlight the central role of forests, forest species and ecosystems services in sustaining the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people globally, and particularly of Indigenous and local communities with historic ties…

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2021 International Women’s Day Celebrations in Sagalla

“We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to conserve the environment so that we can bequeath our children a sustainable world that benefits all.” ~ Professor Dr. Wangari Maathai ~ ~ Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Winner ~ *** Happy International Women’s Day 2021! Yesterday was International Women’s Day and we couldn’t be more proud for trying our hardest to support women’s empowerment efforts in Sagalla community. The 2021…

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Women’s Enterprise Center Training

The Women’s Enterprise Center has kicked off 2021 with 2 weeks of training for the Mlambeni Basket Weavers group. The ladies  are learning new elephant-friendly enterprise activities to help diversify their income away from a pure reliance on maize farming. A team from GoGrow Limited, facilitated by trainers Lucy Kerei and Robert Matheka, have led the group in Enterprise Development Training, engaging the women in entrepreneurship, bookkeeping and marketing skills.  *** Half…

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‘Tis the season

Field Report by Intern Adams Kipchumba, Elephants and Bees Project  “I hurt my leg in the farm while I rushed to hand a vuvuzela to my husband, he was chasing the elephants out of the farm” “Tell the KWS to come and take their elephants back to the park” “They came from that end and did their thing; you can go and see for yourself” “Last night, they came in…

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Setting up an organic smelly repellent fence

Field Report by Intern Jasper Scofield-Smith, Elephants and Bees Project  A bucket full of Cow dung, a few shovels of rotting eggs, handfuls of ginger and garlic and some green neem leaves may not sound like a gourmet meal, but that’s what the Elephants and Bees team have been cooking up for the last three weeks, and they believe it could be the recipe for success they have been looking…

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An eye-opening experience

Field Report by Intern Nishi Shah, Elephants and Bees Project  Save The Elephants’ Elephants and Bees Project has brought a tremendous amount of assistance to the community and the farms of Sagalla through beehive fences, natural elephant deterrents and education. Throughout my internship, I have been able to witness these innovative methods in place protect farmland and help reduce crop-damage and hence promote human-wildlife coexistence. It has truly been an…

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Helping Children Save The Elephants

Field Report by Interns Emily Belcher and Nishi Shah, Elephants and Bees Project  ‘In a single decade between 1979 and 1989, half of all of Africa’s elephants were lost to the ivory trade, according to pan African census conducted by Save The Elephants’ Dr Iain Douglas-Hamilton.’ For this reason, it is extremely important to educate people on the importance of wildlife. As the largest of all land mammals, African elephants…

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Can elephants mind their own beeswax?

Field Report by Interns Emily Belcher and Nishi Shah, Elephants and Bees Project  Over many years, elephants have continuously raided farms which has ultimately ended in loss for the farmers or tragedy for the elephants – however the introduction of beehive fences, based on the theory that elephants are afraid of bees, has really helped. This now award-winning project has successfully reduced conflict between elephants and farmers and has increased…

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