Thanks to the support of Forix Foundation, another 1 acre Beehive Fence has just been completed on a farm in Kamungi Conservancy, close to the boundary of Tsavo East National Park.
With the start of the rainy season kicking in elephant crop raiders are expected to increase once crops mature. This is always a serious challenge for KWS and Tsavo Trust along the Kamungi Conservancy boundary with TENP. Beehive Fences, pioneered by Dr. Lucy King's Elephants and Bees Project and Save The Elephants, have proved to successfully deter elephants from raiding farmers crops.
Most hives are fully occupied, fences are being weighed down with honey. Now it is time to put in the super box and queen excluders. Sadly we are in the middle of a drought, the amount of rainfall this season was well below expectations, and now the community faces the beginning of the next dry season which is likely to last until October.
An overview of the Kamungi Beehive Fence pilot project - March 2017
In collaboration with Dr King and her renowned Elephants and Bees Project, Tsavo Trust have implemented three pilot beehive fence projects based on the highest results-oriented models for construction and monitoring within the Kamungi Conservancy.
Each farm is located quite some distance apart and all agreed they would be ideal candidates. The farmers agreed to section off one acre of each farm to construct three pilot beehive fence trial sites with the guidance of Lucy and her expert team.