Scientists in the Field
Spiral Notebook
Elephants and . . . bees?
by Donna Jackson
July 20, 2012
Elephants and . . . bees?
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Elephants and people often clash over food and water.  In open habitats—areas where no fences exist between national parks and farms – elephants frequently wander into farmers’ cornfields and eat their crops.  Sometimes they’ll eat a whole year’s worth of a family’s food in one night, explains Caitlin O’Connell in The Elephant Scientist.  As you can imagine, this makes farmers angry – so angry, some resort to killing the elephants.  Fortunately, many people are working to resolve the human-elephant conflict, including one researcher who has come with a creative solution that has everybody buzzing:  Bees!

Here’s a video too!

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About Donna Jackson

Donna M. Jackson is an award-winning author of nonfiction books for children and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. When she’s not writing about pachyderms and the scientists who study them, Donna enjoys reading, skiing, gardening, hiking in the mountains, and spending time with her family. She lives in Colorado. Learn more about Donna at her website:


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