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How Bees and Elephants Are Working Together to Save Trees

Elephants Alive has found an innovative solution to reduce the impact of elephant destruction on trees – bees! Learn how our conservation efforts are protecting these majestic animals and their habitats.

Do you know that elephants are herbivores and love eating trees? Yes, they do! These gentle giants love feeding on leaves, bark, and branches of trees. Unfortunately, this behavior can be destructive, especially when they raid farms and destroy people’s crops. But what if I told you that there is a solution to this problem that involves bees and tree conservation? That’s right! Elephants alive is an initiative that utilizes bee hives to keep elephants at bay while providing pollination for trees. Let’s explore this initiative and how it can save trees while keeping elephants happy.

Who are Elephants Alive?

Elephants Alive is an innovative solution to the human-wildlife conflict that occurs in areas where elephants and people coexist. This initiative involves setting up beehives around trees that elephants frequently target for food. The idea behind this is that elephants are naturally afraid of bees and will avoid areas where there are beehives. In addition to deterring elephants, the bees also provide pollination services, which is beneficial to the trees and the environment.

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Elephant and human confrontation

How does it work?

The process of setting everything up is fairly simple. Farmers or conservationists set up beehives around trees that elephants frequently target. The bees then go about their business, pollinating the trees and crops, and deterring elephants from feeding on them. The beehives are constructed in such a way that they are not easily accessible to elephants, ensuring that the hives and the trees are safe.

Elephant feeding off a tree

Benefits of Elephants Alive

The Elephants Alive initiative has many benefits. Firstly, it helps to conserve trees by deterring elephants from feeding on them and knocking them over. This is particularly important in areas where deforestation is a major problem. Secondly, the bees provide pollination services, which is essential for the growth and survival of trees and crops. Thirdly, the initiative helps to reduce human-wildlife conflict by keeping elephants at bay, thus reducing the destruction of crops and property.

Read the article to learn how Elephants Alive innovative solutions are helping people and elephants co-exist.

Elephants Alive uses bees to save trees while keeping elephants at bay. This relationship is beneficial to both the environment and the people who live in areas where elephants and people coexist. So, the next time you see a beehive around a tree, remember that it is not only providing a home for bees but also helping to save trees, and keep communities safe and elephants out of harm’s way.

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