Kasiisi Project Bees, Honey and Elephants

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The African Honeybee

Bees are wonderful – did you know that Honey bees will tap about two million flowers and fly 50,000 miles  to make one pound of honey ? And then there is their vital role in pollinating our food. We hope that you love bees as much as we do, and are excited that we are including them with chimps (who don’t like getting stung but love honey ) and elephants (who plain hate bees), to the growing list of Kasiisi Project animals of special interest.

QENP Nicole

Nicole Simmons of Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust with the bee fence in Queen Elizabeth National Park – elephants do not like being stung and will not walk through bees.

It is common knowledge that bee populations are declining everywhere,  and so we are delighted to announce that The Kasiisi Project is now becoming a partner in bee-keeping in Uganda. We are currently involved with bees in 3 different ways – hosting beehives on the Kasiisi Project Farm, with a view to one day becoming beekeepers ourselves,  working with local research scientists to trial “bee-fences” as a deterrent to crop raiding elephants and spreading the importance of bees to our students.

Kyamugarra Group 2

Sarah and soul-mates – the Kyamugarra beekeepers

Sarah Callan, Harvard ’14, and former director of the Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers Association has been in Uganda for 2 months spearheading our new initiative. She has been learning about beekeeping in rural Africa,  sharing the successes and challenges of her experiences in the US  with local bee-keepers, and learning about how Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust is trialing the use of bee-fences to keep elephants out of farms around Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Kyamugarra Beekeepers

Clearly the language of bees is international – Sarah has found kindred spirits in Uganda and will be sharing her fascination with bees with our children through planned presentations to school Wildlife Clubs.

 

Honey Bee Life Cycle

A model of the honey bee life cycle

 
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2 Responses to Kasiisi Project Bees, Honey and Elephants

  1. Mojgan says:

    We estimate that the hive of bees would be 1,200 bees. We found this aenswr by counting 1/4 of the picture. We found that there were 70 bees in 1/4 of the picture. We added 70+70+70+70=280 bees. Then we rounded 280 to 300 bees. Next we knew that 300 was just 1/4 of the entire bee hive. So we multiplied 300 4=1,200 bees in the bee hive. We are so glad that we did not have to count 1,200 bees! Thank goodness we know how to estimate!Mrs. Martel’s 2nd & 3rd graders

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