January 5, 2012

How to Keep Elephants Out of Your Garden

Sarah DeWeerdt, Conser. Mag


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An elephant never forgets: the old saying has some basis in scientific fact, at least when it comes to remembering an encounter with the business end of an angry honeybee. And that may be good news for farmers, say Lucy King and her colleagues at Save the Elephants in Nairobi, Kenya, who have devised a fence made of beehives to protect fields from crop-raiding pachyderms. Earlier this year, the team reported in the African Journal of Ecology that beehive fences are more effective than thorn-bush barriers, another type of elephant deterrent that has been tried in the area. (1)

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