Striving to Live Peacefully with Elephants

Read on regarding our work regarding those implementations for which we must mention the incredibly hard working Bernd Hirthe, our gear guru who heads our human-elephant conflict mitigation work in western Nepal.

UPDATE from Bernd July 2018:

“Provided already 70 high lumen, strobe light LED torches with rechargeable batteries to farmers in the south part of the buffer zone around Bardia National Park, West Nepal. These torches help farmers to deter elephants that destroy their crops and homes without coming to close to them. 60 more will be provided in September 2018.
As part of this project 105 mobiles were also provided (early warning system). 35 mobiles will be distributed by the end of 2018.
Many thanks to all the helping hands in Bardia and to the many supporting friends here in Germany.”

and read below regarding:

Bee Hive Biological Fencing.

Elephant researcher Roshan Kumar with prototype biological fence, a human-elephant conflict mitigation project with multiple benefits.  Coexistence between humans and elephants has become a serious issue throughout the elephant’s range.  Crop damage, building destruction and sadly human fatalities result in tragic retaliation killing of elephants as well as the ongoing scourge of poaching for ivory and other elephant body parts.

The LTF is collaborating with Roshan who is Nepal’s leading researcher with regards to the biological fence concept.  Using suspended beehives which are connected by wire has been a proven success in several countries.  Elephants are averse to bees and movement of the hives if elephants walk into the connecting wires agitates the bees to the extent they will attack the elephant(s).

The concept combined with the use of bee audio is a tool in deterring elephants.  The LTF has also trialed tiger audio with some success.  A multi pronged approach is needed in human-elephant conflict mitigation and LTF is also working with communities in setting up early warning systems whereby SMS are sent to villagers when elephants are in close proximity.  LTF is facilitating the distribution of phones to families not owning phones and currently ten village areas within the vicinity of Bardia National Park in west Nepal are being supplied.  Below is a map of the area of operation and updates are available at our blog sites.

Training and collaboration with community based Rapid Response Teams (RRT) is part of the program.  Revenue to help fund the RRTs can be obtained from honey sales and “Tiger Honey” which is an offshoot of “Wild Leopard” Honey is currently being sold for exactly that purpose.

Thakurdwara (Bardia National Park, Nepal) Rapid Response Team leader Nirajan Chetri.