Slide background Wild elephants in Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand Wild elephants in Kaeng Krachan National Park.

Thailand Beehive Fences

Success from the primary project at Phuluang Wildlife Sanctuary allowed Rachaya Arkajak and staff at Phu Luang Wildlife Research Station to develop a beehive fence project site at Khao Siphachan National Park located in Pawa sub-district in Kang Hang Maew district, Chantaburi province. About 80 elephants wandering out of the park to the neighbouring villages caused havoc amongst farmers and their crops. The team set up a camera trap study to monitor the success of the beehive fences constructed and monitor elephant crop-raiding. The site received a lot of national and international media coverage as local farmers changed their economic activities to become professional beekeepers. In addition to beehive fencing, this project combines forest restoration, planting flowers and supporting a community ranger team.

In a survey conducted amongst 46 plantation owners located in human-elephant conflict prevalent areas in Kanchanaburi, BTEH found that:

  • 54% of the individuals working in agriculture stated that portions of their crops are destroyed by elephants on a daily basis.
  • 70% of the villagers who took the survey would prefer the elephants to be altogether eradicated.
  • 94% of the participants showed a great interest in beehive fences: 33% are willing to go ahead with the method of using beehive fences immediately, and 61% would prefer to learn more about this new method before going ahead.
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    Success article of beehives fences in Thailand

    Bring the Elephant Home are focusing on fundraising in order to help other villages affected by human-elephant conflict implementing this sustainable method. To support this project click here or stay updated here.