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+ - Bee Barrier Buzzing Defends Against Elephants

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "We all know how dangerous angry bees can be but now BBC reports that Dr Lucy King has put their stingers to good use with a clever contrivance that won the Unep/CMS Thesis Prize at the Convention on Migratory Species — a beehive barrier whose buzzing scares elephants away from African farmers' fields and villages. Working in Kenya, King showed that more than 90% of elephants will flee when they hear the sounds of buzzing bees as adults can be stung around their eyes or inside their trunks, while calves can potentially be killed by a swarm of stinging bees as they have yet to develop a thick protective skin. King's insight was to incorporate beehives into a fence (video), keeping the elephants away from places where people live and grow food. "Dr King's work spotlights an intelligent solution to an age-old challenge," reads the award, "while providing further confirmation of the importance of bees to people and a really clever way of conserving the world's largest land animal for current and future generations.""
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