Research Centre Opening Ceremony

Last December I posted a number of entries to this blog about the Elephant & Bees team within the Save The Elephants organisation constructing a research centre near the Kileva Eastfield Primary school in Mwakoma (click HERE for more details).

Below is a note and some ‘photos about the opening ceremony at the centre from Dr Lucy King, the team leader.  It sounds like a great day was had by all including many of the parents, teachers and pupils from Kileva Eastfield, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the new centre for myself next time I visit!



From: Dr Lucy King
Date: 24th March, 2014

Dear All,

I’m very happy to pass on the news that The Elephants and Bees Research Centre in Sagalla is officially opened! We had a fantastic day on Thursday after lots of preparations such as goat buying, pilau making, agenda planning and blowing up of balloons. About 150 parents and visitors from all around the Sagalla mountain came and along with 70 children from the Kileva Eastfield primary school we had over 200 people attend our party. Local NGO partners sent representatives so we had friends from Wildlife Works, Malewa Trust, Kileva Foundation and the Tsavo Trust. Simon Trevor also popped in and generously dropped off some of his bee films for our library from his African Environmental Film Foundation.

The event was lucky enough to be presided over by the District
Education Officer for Voi, Mr Machora, and he was very encouraging about the project and told the community not to kill elephants as now they had one good solution to human-elephant conflict! Due to his presence we had a lot of press there from Nation, Standard, Citizen TV etc. We had MANY speeches by visiting politicians and Dr Joseph Soltis from Disney’s Animal Kingdom gave a very nice speech as one of our major donors to the project. I was careful to thank everyone who had helped on site and/or donated to
the project build including The Rufford Foundation, The St Andrews Prize for the Environment, Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund and Save the Elephants.

The centre is going to be a base for all our project activities:
beehive fence monitoring and maintenance, honey production and jarring, research into elephant corridors around the communities to understand HEC behaviour better, pollination ecology research, community environmental training and education and a place for interns and students to be housed safely. Its really exciting that its up and running and Joseph, Ike and I are enjoying using it as a base for our elephant behaviour work in Tsavo at the moment. We have had some
terrific thunderstorms recently and so far the roof is holding up
well, no leaking as yet and our gutters are collecting lots of lovely free rainwater!

I’ve attached a zip file of some of the good photos from the day.

Best wishes,


Dr Lucy King, MSc, DPhil.
Elephants and Bees Project Leader
Save the Elephants
P.O. Box 54667, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
Kenya cell: 0720 275561

Research Associate, Department of Zoology
University of Oxford, UK
Email 3:
UK Cell: 07720 289538

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