Maize crop protected. Elephants saved. Happy woman farmer can feed her family. There are many elephants in the Arusha National Park in Tanzania. This 53 square miles of protected area, near the country’s third largest city, is surrounded by villages. In days gone by elephant herds moved freely up and down much of the continent of Africa. Elephants, like other wild animals, go where there is ample food and water. A senior female elephant, usually known as the Matriarch, leads the herd. She remembers from year to year where to take her herd. Yes, elephants truly do have excellent memories….
The success story continues with this rather simple method to resolve human wildlife conflict. How it began Several months back Moses Ryakitimbo in Tanzania reached out to us. As the founder of ‘Alert for endangered wildlife species’ (AFeWiS) Moses was very concerned about elephants invading the farms bordering the Arusha National Park. After visiting with numerous farmers and doing a bit of research on methods to resolve human wildife conflict he came upon a viable solution. Elephants don’t like bees. Building beehive fences along crop land perimeters supposedly keep elephants away. Moses sent us a proposal to build 10 beehives….