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Bees Saving Elephants Project
It's the bees knees...
Why we need the bees The elephants are struggling to survive. The daily battles they're facing isn't just with poachers and the horrific ivory trade. There's another factor: Human-elephant conflict (or HEC). It's a complex subject, but what does it mean for elephants and people in Tanzania? Farming communities in rural Tanzania rely solely on their crops as a source of food and income. It’s a volatile livelihood: unforgiving soil, frequent droughts, and little to no innovation in effective farming equipment or techniques. Harvesting a yield of crops is challenging at the best of times. There’s also the every day battle for land, fought between people and wildlife. Elephants are often at the heart of this, because their survival depends upon their freedom to roam across large expanses of land, in search of food and water.
When a hungry herd of elephants make their way through the bush lands and open plains, it’s inevitable that they’ll become attracted to what looks like a free-for-all feast of maize. Rural communities and farmers regularly come face to face with herds of elephants. This meeting does not end well for either party.
Hope rests with the African honey bee! Together with your support, we can provide an effective, working solution!
You may not be aware that elephants are incredibly scared of bees! Just like us, elephants have very sensitive skin. Bees are clever and will target an elephant's thin skin around their eyes, ears and inside their trunk. Hearing the familiar hum of bees, an elephant herd will hastily leave the area. Only bees have this effect on elephants!
As a result of this remarkable discovery, made by Dr. Lucy King in Kenya, an innovative technique is used by farmers to protect their crops!
A practical, low tech solution with a double impact!
Bees are protecting crops from migrating elephants By doing so, they prevent retaliation attacks on elephants by the farmers These clever peacekeepers are creating a new sustainable income for communities, with their delicious organic honey for the farmers to harvest and sell!
We're using techniques developed by Dr. Lucy King, in Kenya, to provide an effective natural deterrent for farmers to own and develop in Northern Tanzania. A field of crops is surrounded by a simple wire fence linking a number of suspended beehives. When elephants approach (usually at night) to tuck into a delicious meal of maize, they carefully attempt to step over the fence surrounding the land. Even with care, the wire fence is knocked, disturbing the bees and their hives. On realising there are agitated bees nearby, the elephant beats a quick retreat and moves off in the opposite direction. They send a unique rumbling call to their herd; a warning that bees are nearby.
Saving the farmer's livelihood Elephants can roam unharmed An environmentally-friendly solution to preserving crops & protecting elephants Bees boost a balanced ecosystem through wild flower & crop pollination.
You can help us today, by making your impact on the Bees Saving Elephants Project. You can help us to provide the beehives and training for farming communities in Tanzania. You will transform their future and ensure we can work together to save the enchanting and iconic elephants of Tanzania. Find out how you can be directly involved and make your mark on conservation today!
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