Thankfully, Mbegu has fully healed and is now an integral member of our Nairobi Nursery herd. And, with help from Dr. Lucy King and Save the Elephants' Elephant & Bees Project, we've now built a beehive fence project in Tsavo to prevent future crop raiding by elephants - and future conflict. The fencing is lined with suspended beehives filled with buzzing bees that deter elephants from crossing the line, sending them running the other way, unharmed, having caused no damage to crops.
As well as generating an income for community land owners who manage the hives, this new initiative has already proven successful in reducing incidents of elephants "trespassing" onto community farm land. A win for people and animals!
Commercial hunting for the meat of wild animals has led to widespread local declines of species in Africa. Hunters often use snares aiming to trap and kill smaller wild animals, but even with as little as a 5 percent success rate, just 1,000 of these snares can capture 18,250 animals in a year – decimating wildlife populations at an unsustainable rate.