Working under the guidance and expertise of Dr. Lucy King (Elephants and Bees Initiative), and in partnership with the School for Field Studies, Tanzania, the Foundation established a pilot bee fence just outside of Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where human-elephant conflict is of concern.
The Elephants and Bees Project is an innovative study using an in-depth understanding of elephant behavior to reduce damage from crop-raiding elephants using their instinctive avoidance of African honey bees. The project explores the use of novel beehive fences as a natural elephant deterrent, creating a social and economic boost to poverty-stricken rural communities through pollination services and the sustainable harvesting of “Elephant-Friendly Honey”.
Funding for this initiative was generously provided through a grant from the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. Data is currently being analyzed, and this research will contribute to the future success of the fences, and further reduction of human-elephant conflict in the region.
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