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Using Buzzing Bees to Protect Trees

$375 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 5 people in 21 months
Jackie Horne  FAIRFIELD, CT
Have you heard of the drink called Amarula? This cream liqueur is made from the fruit of Marula trees. These iconic trees are not only picturesque as they stud the African plains with their shady presence but they also represent important food sources in more ways than one to both humans and elephants. Consequently, we now sit with potential Human-Elephant-Conflict over an iconic tree! People don’t want to see these trees disappearing from the landscape because of elephant’s large appetites and feeding preference for them. Reserve Managers would like to preserve some trees to ensure seed stock and in keeping with the biodiversity objectives of the Greater Kruger Region. Elephants, on the other hand, can feed on numerous other species and can be taught to avoid so-called botanical reserves created in areas with many marula trees. But how?


In Kenya, Dr. Lucy King has provided evidence that elephants are afraid of honey bees and their stings. Lucy constructed fence-lines with beehives around crop fields and found that crop-raiding elephants avoided these fields and also ran away when the recorded sounds of swarming honey bees were played back. As an MSc graduate student at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, I would like to research and find a solution to protect iconic trees from elephant impact using bees to keep elephants alive!  I will be conducting this important research for the NPO Elephants Alive.

We will be requiring 100 beehives for an experimental site of 50 marula trees in the Greater Kruger region. Each tree will have two wire-connected beehives hung from it preventing the elephants from feeding on the trees without disturbing the beehives. Each beehive will cost us $50, resulting in a total amount of $5000 required for beehives.
 

We would love to keep everyone up to date with the development of this project through messages, pictures and videos from our site, and would really like to call on your support to help us purchase these beehives. Please share this campaign on your social networking pages and help us make this conservation project a reality in South Africa.

If you wish to donate using our banking details, please see below: 

Bank details: Save the Elephants – South Africa (STE-SA)
Account number: 331632284
Standard Bank branch code: 052752 Hoedspruit South Africa
International Banking Account Number: SBZAZAJJ
Reference: Surname_Bees


Gor more info, please vclick on the link below:

http://bags4good.org.za/wild-about-elephants



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Update 2
Posted by Jacqueline Horne
15 months ago
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Hey everyone! It's not too late to donate to Robin's project! Every little bit counts and your contribution will be going to some very cool research!! $50 will sponsor a hive, $30 will sponsor a swarm, and any other amount will help with supplies, labor and other aspects of the research!
An example of a hung hive!
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Posted by Jacqueline Horne
20 months ago
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New exciting research that we are doing on using African honeybees to protect marula trees from elephant-related damage near the Kruger National Park. Please help support us by sponsoring a hive or two. You can do this by following the GoFundMe link. Thank you!
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$375 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 5 people in 21 months
Created June 30, 2015
ML
$50
Margaret Lamb
18 months ago
$25
Jackie Horne
20 months ago
$100
Anonymous
20 months ago
$100
Anonymous
20 months ago
$100
Ashleigh Andrews
21 months ago

Donated as a birthday present for my dad, Nigel Andrews, who taught me to love the bush. Happy birthday popsicle xx money well spent

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