Wildlife Conservation Efforts

[pib] Project RE-HAB


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Project RE-HAB

Mains level: Man-Animal Conflict

Buoyed by the success of its innovative Project RE-HAB (Reducing Elephant-Human Attacks using Bees) in Karnataka, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has now replicated the project in Assam.

Project RE-HAB

  • Project RE-HAB is a sub-mission of KVIC’s National Honey Mission.
  • Under the project, “Bee-fences” are created by setting up bee boxes in the passageways of elephants to block their entrance to human territories.
  • The boxes are connected with a string so that when elephants attempt to pass through, a tug or pull causes the bees to swarm the elephant herds and dissuade them from progressing further.
  • It is a cost-effective way of reducing human-wild conflicts without causing any harm to the animals.

How does it work?

  • It is scientifically recorded that elephants are annoyed by the honey bees.
  • Elephants also fear that the bee swarms can bite the sensitive inner side of the trunk and eyes.
  • The collective buzz of the bees is annoying to elephants that force them to return.


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