The villagers of Mahawelipura have long understood the harmony shared between themselves and the wildlife. It has never been uncommon for the wild elephants to scout the border of the village, searching for food and water. However, the boundaries are frequently being over stepped, resulting in dire consequences with the destruction of cropland and even housing.
We would like to develop a method to ensure the safety of the villagers in Mahawelipura from this threat received by wild elephants in the nearby jungles. We believe electric fencing to keep them at bay is cruel and harmful to the environment, and so have strived to find a more harmonic alternative. Hence, we will soon begin our next project to establish a beehive farm and form an experimental ‘honey fence’ around the farm, using bee hives to keep the wild elephants away, as elephants dislike bees. Not only do the bees act as a natural deterrant, but their honey can also be cultivated and sold as a form of income, especially in Sri Lanka where the organic food industry is booming.
Are you interested to get involve in this exciting experimental project ? Please get in touch https://mahawelimahaviharaya.org/contact/