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Beehive fence deters crop-raiding elephants

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Previous work has shown that African elephants Loxodonta africana will avoid African honeybees Apis mellifera scutellata. Here we present results from a pilot study conducted to evaluate the concept of using beehives to mitigate elephant crop depredation. In Laikipia, Kenya, we deployed a 90-m fence-line of nine inter-connected hives, all empty, on two exposed sides of a square two-acre farm that was experiencing high levels of elephant crop depredation. Compared with a nearby control farm of...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Role:
Author
Journal:
AFRICAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY
Volume:
47
Issue:
2
Pages:
131-137
Publication date:
2009-06-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1365-2028
ISSN:
0141-6707
URN:
uuid:7a92dd6b-9f9f-4282-bbc5-bd4e6a792db4
Source identifiers:
295082
Local pid:
pubs:295082

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