In South Africa, bees stop elephants from trampling trees

HOEDSPRUIT, South Africa — The humble bee is helping to keep elephants from destroying trees and wiping out crops in their quest for food.

A project launched near South Africa's Kruger National Park in 2015 has found success.

An elephant's skin is thick but sensitive. The animals will try to avoid a bee sting whenever possible, experts say.

"They're terrified of it coming up the trunk and then they could potentially suffocate," says Jess Wilmot, field researcher with the organization Elephants Alive.

Project founder Michelle Henley says beehives have proven to be "significantly effective" at protecting indigenous trees from being trampled.

"It's amazing how a creature so small can actually scare away an elephant," beekeeper Mark Collins says.

Now the project is upgrading the beehives — and using them to explore commercial honey production.

Must Read

Israel shuts Egypt border after terror warning...

Apr 10, 2017

Israel has closed its Taba border crossing to Egypt following a warning by its anti-terrorism...

Israel grinds to a halt as Jews fast for Yom...

Sep 29, 2017

The holiest day of the Jewish calendar has begun in Israel where most of the country has come to a...

Palestinians, a large Jerusalem minority, feel...

Dec 14, 2017

Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital has stirred defiance and new fears of...

With few options, Israeli couples turn to rogue...

Dec 23, 2017

A growing number of Israeli couples are defying the country's Chief Rabbinate and marrying in...

Ancient beard traditions shape the face of modern...

Feb 16, 2018

Facial hair is trendy worldwide these days, but in Jerusalem, beards have never gone out of style,...

Sign up now!

About Us

Walk To The Place offers travel news of popular destinations for travelers with the urge to explore these places.

Contact us: sales[at]walktotheplace.com

Subscribe Now!