The Elephant and the Honeybee

Here’s a win-win story about a notoriously destructive human-wildlife interaction, and the little insect that just might save the day.

Elephants, as delightful (and Vulnerable) as they are, can cause a lot of damage. They have been seen as a pest in some parts of Africa and Asia for years, particularly feared for destroying crops and houses and even killing people in wild rampages through farming villages. This human-wildlife conflict has escalated severely in the last few decades, as human populations increase and human settlements and infrastructure encroach further into elephant home ranges. And you could excuse the elephants for having plenty of rage, built up from years of poaching, hunting and abuse at the hands of humans.

Elephant carcasses left to rot, killed only for their tusks. (Source: National Geographic, 2010)

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