Spiral Notebook
Elephants and . . . bees?
by Donna Jackson
July 20, 2012
Elephants and . . . bees?

Elephants and people often clash over food and water.  In open habitats—areas where no fences exist between national parks and farms – elephants frequently wander into farmers’ cornfields and eat their crops.  Sometimes they’ll eat a whole year’s worth of a family’s food in one night, explains Caitlin O’Connell in The Elephant Scientist.  As you can imagine, this makes farmers angry – so angry, some resort to killing the elephants.  Fortunately, many people are working to resolve the human-elephant conflict, including one researcher who has come with a creative solution that has everybody buzzing:  Bees!

Here’s a video too!

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