Jessica Van Fleteren

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In collaboration with National Geographic Jessica Van Fleteren traveled to Kenya in 2016 to photograph the use of beehive fences as a tool to combatting the human-elephant conflict. In order to make these photographs, I had to spend 6 months receiving immunotherapy allergy shots, as I had a life threatening allergy to honey bees. Crop raiding elephants cause great harm to local villagers. An elephant can crop raid an entire season harvest in just one night, leaving little to no food left for the farmers and their family. Dr. Lucy King from Save the Elephants has developed an innovative study using an in-depth understanding of elephants behavior to reduce damage from crop-raiding elephants using their instinctive avoidance of African honey bees. The project explores the use of novel beehive fences as a natural elephant deterrent creating a social and economic boost to poverty-stricken rural communities through pollination services and the sustainable harvesting of honey.

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