Beehive fences are generating high levels of interest and acceptance among farmers in Africa and Asia as a way of protecting local villagers and their crops and minimizing human – elephant conflict.
At Gorongosa National Park, bees and elephant-proof silos are key to the park’s elephant and human coexistence initiative.
Beehives fences capitalize on an elephants’ fear of African honeybees, and by working as a natural deterrent, reduce crop-damage and protect local residents.
In return, beekeeping and honey production created by the beehive fences provide a social and economic boost for farmers through pollination and the harvesting and production of elephant-friendly honey.
But despite all the studies and experiments, scientists are united in one fact: no single technique is 100 percent effective.
That’s why the Park’s Human Wildlife Coexistence Team – with the help of Gorongosa Rangers and local villagers – are replacing traditional silos with more than 160 new elephant-proof silos. The new silos use bricks made by area residents and are less vulnerable to pests and crop raiding by elephants and other animals.