What is it?
Elephants are powerful animals. They can break through fences and trample farmland in the pursuit of food. Many farmers can ill-afford the costs of building and maintaining large fences.
But there is one thing that can stop them: the aggressive African honey bee! This gift helps farmers in Tanzania set up beehive fences to keep the elephants at bay. Beehive fences are a sustainable and eco-friendly way to protect their crops and livelihoods from seven-ton saboteurs.
The fence is relatively simple. It is made by building a few boxes to house the beehive. These boxes are connected to a wire, which runs around the crop fields.
If an elephant touches the wire, the beehive doors swing open. Hundreds of angry bees will swarm out, ready to protect their hive. The sound of swarming bees is enough to force an elephant to retreat — and learn to stay away.
Once the elephants nearby have learnt to associate the bright yellow boxes with bees, dummy boxes can be added to create the illusion of a greater threat.