Women’s enterprise efforts for Coexistence

Text by Ursulla Wandili, Kenyan intern Over the years, conservation work has realized a gradual and amazing shift of how communities surrounding protected areas take part in conservation activities. Gone are the days where emphasis was only on wildlife. Currently, all conservation organizations have placed human wellbeing particularly the indigenous communities and more importantly women and youth at the center of their strategy. Through the Mlambeni Ndovu Women’s Eco-Enterprise Centre,…

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Soil Degradation Crisis

Effective Farming through Permaculture Photos and Text by Ester Eriksson Here in Sagalla, the soil is red and dry. It is a beautiful sight, but what is hidden underneath is not always as delightful. For the people who live in this area, farming is the primary source of income as well as of food. When the crops fail, so do household finances and food security. The soils under Sagalla Hill…

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Don’t forget to check unoccupied hives…

Photos and Text by Robyn Brown      Sometimes unoccupied beehives contain more than just empty frames ready to be filled with honeycombs. A crucial part of beehive monitoring is checking if the beehive is clean and ready for the bees to make it their home. Whilst the farmers and STE team patiently wait for the bees to occupy the hives, other creatures seem to take the empty space as…

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Beekeeping Upkeep

Hive Maintenance 101 Photos and Text by Ester Eriksson *** I just landed as an intern in Sagalla last week, thoroughly read up on the fascinating research and community engagement of the Elephants & Bees Project, but a complete novice in literally anything to do with beekeeping. Quick background: The early origins of this project date back to Professor Fritz Vollrath and his research into the interactions between African elephants…

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Dog treatment in Sagalla

By Meha Kumar *** There is a saying that goes; “for the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack,” which in this context highlights that dogs are loyal and would fiercely defend those whom they love. Almost 98% of the bomas in Lower Sagalla have a dog, mainly for security purposes. During the dead of the night, elephants raid farms when…

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The Beautiful Birds of Sagalla

By Ursulla Wandili  *** There is no need for an alarm at Elephant and Bees center, Sagalla in Voi. We have our natural alarms-the beautiful birds. Imagine how satisfying it is to be woken up every morning by rhythmical acoustic voices of birds. Birds are often up before dawn singing their hearts out and adding their voices to the dawn chorus. It is so fascinating to listen to different songs,…

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The Small Mammals of Sagalla: Part 2

By Sarah Weiner  Feeling very fulfilled after my most recent elephant sighting in Tsavo, I’m back for Part II of The Small Mammals of Sagalla. Sadly, I had no luck capturing any critters in my homemade trap. That’s okay, though, because I’ve found new small mammals to obsess over. There’s no time to waste, so let’s start with the only flying mammals: bats. The same four or five bats visit us…

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The Small Mammals of Sagalla: Part I

By Sarah Weiner  I was only lucky enough to see her speckled coat once. She was frozen, crouched low to the ground beneath the tangled bush, with the light of my head torch reflecting off of her chestnut eyes. I knew I would spook her into fleeing, but I inched forward, desperate to get a closer look. As my shoes crunched through the rusty sand, she whipped around and the last…

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Dung and Dudus

Cover photo: If you want to get to grips with fieldwork, a hands on approach is always best. By Josh Clay *** I don’t know about you, but I love the smell of elephant poo. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of this most satisfactory olfactory sensation, I would describe it as being a thick, musky scent that is utterly wild and unmistakeably elephantine. I am fortunate to have…

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The Hidden Elephants

Understanding the magnificent, intelligent, and highly endangered forest elephant By Josh Clay Cover photo by Frank af Petersons, 2017 Whenever African elephants are mentioned, it is understandably the savannah elephant (Loxodonta africana) that receives all the headlines. Ask any child in the world and they would probably be able to identify one from a line-up. I doubt many of these children, let alone most adults, are aware that there are…

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