COMMUNITY: Buzz off Elephants
The Espresso loves ingenuity. Ingenuity normally comes when faced with a challenge or hardship which demands it.
In Kenya, Rural African farmers are using beehives set up strategically every 10 metres around their crops to keep elephants from trampling their produce. It turns out elephants re not very keen on bees and by having these beehives hung every 10 metres around their fields. It is having great success in keeping the elephants off their paddocks.
The idea is that the bee hives, separated by 10 metres are linked up by a wire If the elephant hits the wire, it starts to swing the hive, and the swaying hive releases the bees, and hence the elephants are inclined to buzz off. The fences are affordable to produce and the upside is not only are the fields being protected, but the system is yielding honey for the farmers their personal use or to on sell. A pretty clever idea and one that we love.
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