March 1, 2016 – The largest land mammal is afraid of bees. They’re kind of like that one friend who gets the heebie-jeebies when they hear buzzing sounds.
Bees are wonderful – did you know that Honey bees will tap about two million flowers and fly 50,000 miles to make one pound of honey? And then there is their vital role in pollinating our food.
According to the Global Post, elephants have been raiding crops in communities living near southern Africa’s national parks. This has led to a conflict with humans.
Fortunately, researchers have found a simple solution to the problem.
As it happens, elephants, despite their thick skin, are scared of getting stung around their eyes and inside their trunks.
The Guardian reports that bee fences and the sound of bees are being used in Africa to help reduce the tension between humans and elephants. Researchers believe that this simple solution can prevent deaths between elephants and humans.
“Bees represent a promising tool for managing elephant movements with potential to contribute to the long-term conservation of the species by offering an alternative to lethal management of problem elephants,” researchers from Johannesburg’s University of the Witwatersrand told The Conversation Africa.
It is common knowledge that bee populations are declining everywhere, and so some people are delighted to announce that The Kasiisi Project http://www.kasiisiproject.org , is now becoming a partner in bee-keeping in Uganda. They are currently involved with bees in 3 different ways – hosting beehives on the Kasiisi Project Farm, with a view to one day becoming beekeepers themselves, working with local research scientists to trial “bee-fences” as a deterrent to crop raiding elephants and spreading the importance of bees to their students.
Here’s to hoping for a peaceful resolution between man and animals.