You’ve heard about elephants being afraid of mice right? Come to find out that bees save elephants because… that’s who really scares them.
“I am a wildlife activist, in fact a youth aged 29 years deeply passionate with wildlife conservation and rescuing animals. How can I get support from Nikela?” Moses wrote.
Back in early 2017 we’d planned to meet up with Moses Ryakitimbo near Arusha in Tanzania. Unfortunately things never worked out. However, Moses didn’t give up. When he needed help for a project, where bees save elephants, he reached out.
Unlike some who ask for help, Moses founded and sorted out a bonafide NGO (Alert for Endangered Wildlife Species or AFeWiS) for his cause. This in itself is huge, as we know a bit about the volume of paperwork and the daunting task it is to see such a project through.
Moses determined human wildlife conflict to be the most pressing problem in his area in Tanzania. Elephants from nearby reserves enter the farmlands. As you can imagine one elephant, let alone a herd, can literally destroy a maze field or a crop of growing vegetables.
Bees Save Elephants
This is probably not the first time you’ve heard that bees save elephants. Well, let’s say, the presence of bees keep elephants away. Placing bee hives strategically along the perimeters of farmland surprisingly keeps elephants at bay.
“Elephants are the most devastating crop-eater in the wild game family: they trample farmers’ fields, break fences and this January elephants killed two farmers near the Arusha National park neighboring villages…
“A solution for now is to install 20 bee hive fences along the Lendoyia community borders adjacent to the Arusha national Park. The beehive fence is both a preventive measure and an – income generating move, and therefore an incentive oriented solution.
Each beehive costs $50US. Our plan is to start installing the beehive fences right away once we have the support.”
We sent Moses $500 to get started… and they did.
Finished Bee Hives
True to his word Moses and his team got to work. Below are some photos of the finished bee hives ready for placing around the village. Stay tuned for updates on this project from Moses.
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Photos courtesy of Moses.