Is a 6,000kg elephant afraid of bees? Yes - and this brilliant farmer is using them to protect crops

Is a 6,000kg elephant afraid of bees? Yes - and this brilliant farmer is using them to protect crops

- Elephants have learnt to avoid bees

- Ronnie therefore uses bees to keep them away from crops and endangered trees

- His method also prevents human-wildlife conflict

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A brilliant farmer has found a way to protect crops and endangered trees from elephants and prevent human-wildlife conflict at the same time.

Ronnie Makukule, who is based at Jejane nature reserve in Limpopo, uses bees to keep elephants away from the vulnerable vegetation, learned.

When aggravated, bees target the elephants' "soft" spots such as trunks and eyes. Therefore, even the largest elephants have learnt to stay away from them.

Farmers therefore don't have to resort to methods that endanger both humans and elephants, such as electric fences, deep trenches, firecrackers, and even guns.

In addition, farmers get to harvest honey. Speaking to Beautiful News South Africa, Ronnie described this method as the "Bee Project." He said:

Everything in nature was made to coexist. I wanted to use a natural way to make sure both animal and plants species survive.

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Ronnie further explained the value of beehive fences:

The bees prevent the elephants from getting too close to the trees that also need to be conserved. I hope people will learn to also use bees to protect their crops instead of using pesticides.
We can save and protect elephants for our future generations.

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Commentators praised Ronnie's method and efforts at conserving both elephants and plants. See some of their comments below.

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