Beehive construction is in full swing, with villages coming out in full force every week to transport materials (rocks, cement and concrete posts to areas where the elephants are accessing the community. Some raid points are in the low-lying valleys, other places far up at the tops of mountains…these elephants can move! It also means far distances to carry a 100+ pound reinforced concrete pole, but the communities remain committed.
Once the materials have arrived, that’s when the hard work begins, with the digging 4-foot holes every 10 meters across the planned 5 kilometers of track and setting the posts perfectly straight to hold the beehives. It’s back-breaking work the communities are committed to completing. The fence gives families a chance to move forward with their lives. Thank you again to all our supporters to helping the communities of Kanyamahene, Nyamasinda, Nombe, Rushaga, and Kashaijja, a build the world’s longest elephant beehive fence.
For those just joining us, there’s a short summary below.
SUMMARY: RTV is starting to build across a 50km-track beehive fence in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to provide income to communities through the honey/wax and stop forest elephants from destroying agricultural plots. The fence, which will eventually have over 800 beehives connected by wires, is being built along elephant routes identified by village members to assist 5 communities in recovering their livelihoods and protect elephants from exposure to villages and poachers. The beehives will increase community savings, provide honey and increase household income.