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SCBI Spring Lecture Series

April 30, 2019 07:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Location: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, 1500 Remount Road, Front Royal, Virginia

"The Elephants and Bees Project — Using Honey Bees as a Natural Deterrent for Crop-raiding Elephants" 

Speaker: Dr. Lucy King, head of the elephant-human co-existence program, Save the Elephants

Elephants in Kenya are not confined to national parks and reserves; hence, interactions between farmers and crop-raiding elephants can pose serious social, political, economical and conservation problems. Dr. Lucy King’s research has proved that African elephants are aware about, and will actively avoid, the threat of African honey bees. These behavioral discoveries were groundbreaking, and encouraged her to develop and test a unique application for this behavior through her design of protective Beehive Fences around farmers’ fields with the aim of reducing human-elephant conflict. Beehive Fences have now spread to 17 countries and are not only reducing damaging crop-raids by elephants by as much as 80 percent, but also helping to pollinate fields. Farmers are now harvesting valuable “Elephant-Friendly Honey” as an additional product from their land.

This lecture will take place in the SCBI Auditorium. 

Journey with Smithsonian scientists and other conservation professionals as they travel the globe to study and protect species and ecosystems. Share in their adventures during these free science lecture series. The series is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so arrive early. Lectures take place at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia.

For more information on this lecture series, click here.


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