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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 near...

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Peer reviewed

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"University of Oxford", "Save the Elephants, Nairobi, Kenya"
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Environment,Centre for the - Environmental Change Institute
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University of Oxford
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Social Sciences Division - Environment,Centre for the - Environmental Change Institute
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Institution:
"University of Oxford", "Save the Elephants, Nairobi, Kenya"
Department:
Mathematical,Physical & Life Sciences Division - Zoology
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"University of Oxford", "Save the Elephants, Nairobi, Kenya"
Department:
Mathematical,Physical & Life Sciences Division - Zoology
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Lucy E. King
Publisher:
Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Journal:
African Journal of Ecology Journal website
Volume:
47
Issue:
2
Pages:
131-137
Publication date:
2009-06-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1365-2028
ISSN:
0141-6707
URN:
uuid:570b1095-2d19-40a8-8f58-d5df0757f33a
Local pid:
ora:3277

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