When people ask me why addressing the issue of human-wildlife conflict is so important, I can tell them any number of stories but sometimes photos are more powerful. For example, this one is from a place very that is very near to my heart, @lewa_wildlife
, that shows a young elephant calf being rescued after being found disorientated and dehydrated following its mother being shot in a case of human-wildlife conflict.
Sometimes the intent is malicious, and sometimes it is simply a result of farmers trying to protect their crops (which is often their only source of income) from being trampled by wayward elephants.
I am very excited by the many initiatives taking place to try and curb incidences of conflict - with one of the most exciting ones that I’ve been involved in being the installation of “bee-boxes” around the perimeter of farmers’ crops. If you’re wondering how this could possibly help - the answer is simple! Elephants are terrified of the sound of a buzzing bee, so often a couple of these boxes is enough to send a herd of elephants bolting off in the other direction, sounding the alarm as they go!
Another very cool (and very funny) initiative involves painting “eyes” on cows bums - deterring lions from attacking by making them think that they are being watched. This technique is repeated all throughout nature, although this “unnatural” form is by far my favourite!! Who would have thought a few painted eyes on bums would help save the lions! 😂