Beekeeping Can Help

Giving farmers an alternative to poaching is another major component of the Nsefu Wildlife Conservation Foundation's mission. Farmer's trying to generate income from crops grown on small plots of land can be justifiably upset when crop raiding elephants encroach upon their farms.

A potential solution to the problem has been found with the placement of bee hives along the perimeters of their farms. Is a known fact that elephants will avoid bees.

The strategic placement of hives in a fence configuration has proven to be an effective deterrent, while providing farmers with a sustainable income from the sale of honey.

The African organization Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO) has a successful history of assisting and supporting bee-keeping programs. COMACO will be contacted for technical and honey marketing assistance. The Nsefu Foundation is seeking $3,000 to initiate the bee-keeping among farms adjacent to the Zikomo Safari Lodge:

  • $1,320 for materials to construct the hives and fences
  • $1,680 to compensate villagers to help oversee implementation.

Elephants naturally avoid honeybee hives.

They know a swarm of bees attacking a baby elephant can kill it. Unlike their American counterparts, African bees sting multiple times and their venom is more poisonous. The placement of beehives creates a "natural fence" that keeps elephants away from village crops.

Honey and other hive by-products provide an income source.