There are many elephant reintroduction projects in N.Thailand, where working elephants are returned to live a life in the forest. The reality of these projects being successful relies on chaining or confinement over night, this reduces conflict with farmers.
KSES are setting up a community-based beehive fencing program, which will alleviate the need for night time confinement of elephants and keep them, local communities and their livelihoods safe. This project will also generate extra income for the local people who can sell the honey made from the beehives, this also creates an incentive to care for and maintain the beehive fence for the benefit of elephants and people.
This bee project is the first to help reduce conflict between semi wild elephants and local farmers, so it will act as a model for similar style projects wishing to reduce chain/confinement time for their elephants.
You can find out more about the KSES Bee Project or sponsor a beehive at www.thailandelephants.org