Laura is a writer, illustrator, and artist living in New York City.
Being a farmer is hard work — but being a farmer in places like Kenya, Botswana, and Sri Lanka has a unique challenge that other areas of the world don’t: elephants!
Wild elephants, whose natural behavior is to roam, have been known to march right through fields, damaging and destroying crops.
When the human farmers try to intervene, things can turn ugly, and both human and elephant injuries and even deaths can occur.
Sadly, like too many animals, elephants face many dangers at the hands of humans. It’s a shame, because these creatures are intelligent, sensitive, and have complex emotional and social connections, forming strong bonds with one another, and with different animals, too.
So a solution was needed that would both keep the farmers’ fields safe, but make sure the elephants were in no way harmed.
This solution was not only brilliantly simple, but also had the added bonus of helping out another species in crisis: bees.