Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Elephants and Bees
This definitely classifies as a huge problem.
[Photo of zoologist Lucy King]
The farmers had attempted many solutions with varying degrees of success. They would put up fences, burn torches at night, fired off shotguns, etc., but none of these methods were effective enough.
By this time you are probably starting to wonder what this story has to do with bees. Well, a lot actually.
In fact, bees were the perfect solution to this problem.
We've all heard the comical story of how a huge pachyderm would panic and run off in fright at the sight of a mouse. It turns out that these giant denizens are afraid of more than mice.
When elephants would grab or shake the fence to break through the bees would be disturbed and come out. Then the elephants would run away. It worked beautifully and the farmers increased their income with the honey sales--sold with the label "Elephant Friendly Honey".
See a video on the elephantsandbees.com website showing how even playing a recording of bees buzzing causes elephants to flee.
Lucy King sure knows how to eat an elephant problem--complete with honey on top.
You can read more about this ongoing project at the elephantsandbees.com web site. There's also instructions on how to build the Kenya style elephant proof hive.