Lucy King is a British scientist who has won a prize for environmental research. Her achievement is that she has proven that bees can be used to limit conflicts between African farmers and elephants.
You’re probably wondering how this is possible. Dr King has made an interesting discovery – elephants are afraid of bees. In fact, elephants are so scared that they get nervous simply hearing the sound of bees buzzing. According to her studies, about 90% of elephants would flee away when they hear buzzing.
Dr King has spent five years in the bush studying the behaviour of bees and elephants. She has noticed that the huge animals have even created a special communication system in order to warn each other when bees are around. This is an important discovery because beehive “fences” can be successfully used to limit contacts and conflicts between elephants and farmers. This is an effective solution of an age-old problem that will help us preserve the large animal for the future.