Bees keep African elephants at bay

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Un éléphant dans le parc national du Tsavo, au Kenya © TONY KARUMBA / AFP

No need for big muscles or high-tech contraptions when it comes to protecting African plantations from elephants: a British biologist has discovered that buzzing bees will keep the beasts at bay.

Lucy King, a researcher at Oxford University, was honoured on Tuesday by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in the western Norwegian town of Bergen for devising a wire fence connected to apiaries that begin to buzz when an elephant trips the wire.

Sydney Morning Herald.

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