Bees: Protecting the Trees

Elephant and Bees

Former President Bill Clinton visit an Elephant and Bees demonstration

Elephants can degrade an ecosystem. They feed on and trample trees which can make a habitat less suitable. How can the Marula and other trees be protected from large Elephants? Elephants are wary of African honey bees and avoid tangling with the bees. Can bees be used to protect trees?

This is the thesis of the Elephant and Bees project in Southern Africa. Trees to be protected are surrounded by strategically placed hives containing African bees. The bees provide pollination services for nearby crops and are a source of honey. The concept has worked successfully in several demonstrations and is currently being expanded. The project has attracted funding from wealthy donors and groups concerned with preservation of elephants.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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