Beehive Fence Protects Farms from Elephants

Posted on December 5, 2015  Comments (3)

photo of farmer in front of beehive fence in Botswana

Another cool use of appropriate technology. One of the problems with Elephants in Africa is when they go into farm fields and eat crops and destroy crops. The elephants and bees project is helping farmers deal with that problem.

By doing so they eliminate the need of farmers to protect their crops by killing elephant. The project uses bees natural behavior and elephants natural desire to avoid bees to create a fence that works to keep elephants out.

The beehives are hung on wires stretched between fenceposts around the farm. If an elephant bumps into the wires to try and enter the farm the bees will swarm and the elephants will run away (and the elephants will send an warning to other elephants to stay away). The fences are being used in Africa and India.

And this fence also produces honey. You can donate to the project to help elephants, bees and people.

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3 Responses to “Beehive Fence Protects Farms from Elephants”

  1. Nadya
    December 18th, 2015 @ 2:33 am

    Brilliant idea. Quite simply and more efficiently!

  2. Florice
    February 9th, 2016 @ 10:49 am

    That’s actually a genius idea that proves how technology can help people make their life better.

  3. sheena bajaj
    August 8th, 2016 @ 3:12 am

    That is so great post for related elephant matter.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank for this post…………..

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