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 in south africa bees stop elephants from trampling trees
in south africa, bees stop elephants from trampling trees

The humble bee is helping to keep elephants from destroying trees and wiping out crops in their quest for food.

in south africa, bees stop elephants from trampling trees

The humble bee is helping to keep elephants from destroying trees and wiping out crops in their quest for food.
A project launched near South Africa's Kruger National Park in 2015 has found success.An elephant's skin is thick but sensitive. The animals will try to avoid a bee sting whenever possible, experts say."They're terrified of it coming up the trunk and then they could potentially suffocate," says Jess Wilmot, field researcher with the organization Elephants Alive.Project founder Michelle Henley says beehives have proven to be "significantly effective" at protecting indigenous trees from being trampled."It's amazing how a creature so small can actually scare away an elephant," beekeeper Mark Collins says.Now the project is upgrading the beehives—and using them to explore commercia

elephants sleep for only two hours a day, study shows

There's an old saying that elephants never forget. You also can say they almost never sleep.A study tracking the sleep behaviour of wild elephants found the mammals sleep for just two hours a day on average, and some days not at all, and they do so mostly standing up.
Elephants sometimes go for up to 46 hours without sleep while walking distances of about 130 kilometres. Photo: APThis represents the shortest-known sleep time of any mammal. Previous research showed captive elephants got four to six hours of sleep daily."Sleep needs to be studied in an animal's natural environment if we are truly to understand it," said Paul Manger, a research professor in the School of Anatomical Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, who led the study published in the journal PL

deadly cryptococcal fungi found in public spaces in south africa

IMAGE: Microbiologists from Stellenbosch University in South Africa found large populations of cryptococcal fungi from woody debris collected from old trees in a public park in the centre of Cape Town.
view more Credit: Alf BothaLarge populations of potentially deadly cryptococcal fungi have been found on woody debris collected from old trees in two public areas in the centre of Cape Town and the Northern Cape, South Africa.
After tuberculosis, cryptococcal meningitis is the leading cause of death in HIV/AIDS patients in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2016, South Africa launched the world's largest national screening programme to detect cryptococcal meningitis in patients living with HIV. People become infected when they inhale the airborne microscopic spores produced by pathogenic cryptococci

social bees have kept their gut microbes for 80 million years

About 80 million years ago, a group of bees began exhibiting social behavior, which includes raising young together, sharing food resources and defending their colony. Today, their descendants—honey bees, stingless bees and bumble bees—carry stowaways from their ancient ancestors: five species of gut bacteria that have evolved along with the host bees.

tiny bees play big part in secret sex lives of trees

A stingless bee visits a Miconia tree near Soberania National Park, Panama. Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin spent nearly four years mapping trees, bees, and pollen to reveal how different pollinators aid in the sexual reproduction of trees in one of the most detailed pollinator-mediated paternity tests in wild plants. Credit: Antonio Castilla, The University of Texas at AustinWhen it comes to sex between plants, tiny bees the size of ladybugs play a critical role in promoting long-distance pairings. That's what scientists at The University of Texas at Austin discovered after one of the most detailed paternity tests in wild trees ever conducted. The research gives new insight into how tiny pollinating animals promote genetic diversity that is essential for plants' adaptat

one of africa's largest wildlife relocations begins

Conservationists have launched what they call one of Africa's biggest wildlife relocations—the transfer of 7,500 animals over three years to a Mozambican park whose wildlife was nearly wiped out by civil war.
The South Africa-based Peace Parks Foundation said Wednesday that Zinave National Park will receive 500 animals from Gorongosa, another Mozambican park recovering since the war ended in 1992, and about 6,000 from the Sango wildlife area in neighboring Zimbabwe. Other animals are being moved from South Africa.Peace Parks says Zinave will get species including buffalo, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra and elephants.Zinave administrator Antonio Bacar says the training of park rangers will increase to prevent poaching.The hope is that tourists visiting the popular coastal area around Vilancul

felling pines: doing it sooner rather than later is better for fynbos

Here is some advice for landowners who want to remove pine trees from their properties in the hope of seeing fynbos plants grow there again: if you have any choice in the matter, do so before the trees have grown there for more than 30 years. The longer you wait, the less likely the chances that any fynbos seeds will be left in the soil to sprout successfully. This is according to research in the South African Journal of Botany that was conducted by researchers from Stellenbosch University and the City of Cape Town in South Africa.

elephant herpes: super-shedders endanger young animals

Many herpesviruses infect only a few animal species. Elephants also have their own spectrum of herpesviruses, which can cause infections that end in death. Asian elephants are carriers of virus types1, 4 and 5, while African elephants carry types 2, 3 and 6. Type 1 is particularly dangerous for young Asian elephants and has led to numerous deaths in the wild and in zoos worldwide. In Switzerland as well, three animals have died of "Elephant Herpes" in the last 30 years. How the elephants transmit the disease, however, and how they become infected, has been largely unknown until now.

critics hit us over elephant trophy imports

Elephants in South Africa photographed in September 2016The administration of US President Donald Trump faced a barrage of criticism on Thursday from animal rights groups after it authorized the import of Zimbabwean elephant hunting trophies.
The move reverses a prohibition imposed under Barack Obama and is the latest rollback of Obama-era controls on a number of fronts.It also came on the same day that the US State Department presented to Congress its first annual report on wildlife trafficking which, it said, "remains a serious transnational crime."The US Fish & Wildlife Service said it "will begin issuing permits to allow the import of sport-hunted trophies from elephants hunted in Zimbabwe" between January 21, 2016 and December 31, 2018.The statement on the service's website Thursday

5 ways to keep bees away when dining outside

Summer is the best time to eat on your patio — it's also peak season for bees. "Late summer and early fall is when stinging insect colonies reach their peak population levels," says Dr. Jim Fredericks, chief entymologist for the National Pest Management Association. Across the United States, we get many different species of bees, including carpenter bees, bumble bees, and honey bees, and we tend to think of yellow jackets as bees, even though they are actually wasps. (So many bees!)
While most bees can and will sting humans, their level of aggression can vary, which can make them an unpredictable (and possibly painful) nuisance — or a real health issue. "People with known allergies to insect stings or asthma should be particularly careful, since the stings could trigger a potentially life

truecaller in talks with airtel for africa venture

“We have partnered with Bharti Airtel in India and will also partner with them in Africa,” said Nelson. “Africa is a very important market for us and currently South Africa in particular is our fastest -growing market.” The app identifies the source of incoming calls and protects cell phone users from spam calls and messages. South Africa, Nigeria and Egypt are among the top ten countries in the world for unwanted calls, according to a study commissioned by the company, making the continent especially appealing for expansion. Truecaller is also seeking to open an office in South Africa to direct business on the continent, Nelson said.
“We want to open an African office as soon as possible and we are looking for the right talent to make this happen,” he said.

mountain honey bees have ancient adaptation for high-altitude foraging

East African honey bees are shown. The dark monticola bee (top) is associated with the isolated highland forests and the bright scutellata bee (bottom) occurs in the surrounding lowland savannahs. Credit: Andreas Wallberg and colleagues.Mountain-dwelling East African honey bees have distinct genetic variations compared to their savannah relatives that likely help them to survive at high altitudes, report Martin Hasselmann of the University of Hohenheim, Germany, Matthew Webster of Uppsala University, Sweden, and colleagues May 25th, 2017, in PLOS Genetics.
Honey bees living in the mountain forests of East Africa look and behave differently from bees inhabiting the surrounding lowland savannahs. Mountain bees are larger, darker and less aggressive than savannah bees, and can fly at lower

overuse of antibiotics brings risks for bees—and for us

Researchers from The University of Texas at Austin have found that honeybees treated with a common antibiotic were half as likely to survive the week after treatment compared with a group of untreated bees, a finding that may have health implications for bees and people alike.

elephants run amok in guruvayur temple, mahout killed

Tension prevailed at the Sri Krishna Temple in Guruvayur after three elephants ran amok during a ceremonial procession at the temple early on Sunday, leading to the death of a mahout and injuries to at least two people.The mahout, identified as Subhash (35), was admitted in a private hospital in Thrissur after one of the elephants, Srikrishnan, struck him with his trunk and tusks. He died late in the evening.Hospital sources told DH that he had sustained injuries in his lungs.The incident happened during the daily, ritualistic seeveli procession with caparisoned elephants, at about 7 am, in the presence of hundreds of devotees.Srikrishnan attacked the mahout during the procession, triggering a commotion that led two other elephants to run into the crowd. A priest was thrown off from atop o

chandimal dig: india preparing for south africa on flat tracks

"I am not sure they are preparing for South Africa," said Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal as he took a dig at the Indian team's claims of asking for bouncy tracks in the ongoing Test series to be ready for the tough assignment against the Proteas next month.Starting from skipper Virat Kohli, each and every Indian player, during interactions with media, spoke about how pitches against Sri Lanka have been prepared, keeping the tour of South Africa in mind."I am surprised they are saying they are preparing for South Africa but they are giving these pitches," Chandimal's sarcasm was not lost on anyone."If you look at the wicket here (Kotla), I am not sure they are preparing for South Africa! It looks like a Nagpur pitch (where 610 runs were scored). The Kolkata pitch was similar to South Af

icc champions trophy 2017: sri lanka vs south africa: live streaming online, whe

The top ranked team in the world, South Africa will take on seventh ranked Sri Lanka in their opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy in The Oval on today.Also Read: ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Where to get Live Streaming Online, Live Cricket Score & TV Channels List #CT17ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Sri Lanka vs South Africa: Live Streaming Online, When and Where to Watch Live on TV ChannelsSouth Africa whitewashed Sri Lanka 5-0 in a bilateral ODI series in January, and will be the favourites going into their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 opener against the islanders.Also Read: ICC Champions Trophy 2017: SWOT Analysis of the Indian teamSri Lanka’s form ahead of the competition has been mediocre, given they have lost warm-up games to Australia, New Zealand and even Scotland.When will Sri Lanka

trump to lift ban on import of elephant trophies from africa

President Donald Trump's administration is preparing to reverse an Obama-era ban on the importation of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia, the US Fish and Wildlife service confirmed. The ban was put in place by the Obama administration in 2014, after determining that sport hunting in Zimbabwe and Zambia would help conserve the species. Elephants are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, but a provision in the act allows the government to give permits to import these trophies if there is evidence to suggest that hunting benefits conservation for that species.Trump Jr. is seen with the tail of an elephant he killed during a 2011 hunting trip. HUNTINGLEGENDS.COM/HUNTING LEGENDS A US Fish and Wildlife Service official said new information from officials in Zimbabwe and

trump to lift ban on import of elephant trophies from africa

President Donald Trump's administration is preparing to reverse an Obama-era ban on the importation of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia, the US Fish and Wildlife service confirmed. The ban was put in place by the Obama administration in 2014, after determining that sport hunting in Zimbabwe and Zambia would help conserve the species. Elephants are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, but a provision in the act allows the government to give permits to import these trophies if there is evidence to suggest that hunting benefits conservation for that species.Trump Jr. is seen with the tail of an elephant he killed during a 2011 hunting trip. HUNTINGLEGENDS.COM/HUNTING LEGENDS A US Fish and Wildlife Service official said new information from officials in Zimbabwe and

trump to lift ban on import of elephant trophies from africa

President Donald Trump's administration is preparing to reverse an Obama-era ban on the importation of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia, the US Fish and Wildlife service confirmed. The ban was put in place by the Obama administration in 2014, after determining that sport hunting in Zimbabwe and Zambia would help conserve the species. Elephants are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, but a provision in the act allows the government to give permits to import these trophies if there is evidence to suggest that hunting benefits conservation for that species.Trump Jr. is seen with the tail of an elephant he killed during a 2011 hunting trip. HUNTINGLEGENDS.COM/HUNTING LEGENDS A US Fish and Wildlife Service official said new information from officials in Zimbabwe and

matchbox twenty concert delayed by aggressive bees

There's fashionably late, and then there's fashionabee late. Matchbox Twenty experienced the latter when their concert at Arizona's Casino del Sol was delayed by 75 minutes after a swarm of "a couple thousand bees" took over the venue, according to KVOA Tucson.Lead singer Rob Thomas documented the ensuing attempt to get rid of the unwelcome concertgoers, posting a picture of a beekeeper on his Instagram with the caption: "Beekeeper has arrived! Still trying to make this happen. Can't make this up!"Beekeeper has arrived!! Still trying to make this happen. Can't make this up! #tour #summer #ABriefHistoryTourA post shared by Rob T (@thisisrobthomas) on Aug 3, 2017 at 8:23pm PDTLuckily, the bees were removed and the show was able to start at 9:15 p.m. local time. A later post on Matchbox Twent

black rhino to return to chad after south africa deal

There are around 5,000 black rhino left in Africa with South Africa's population sitting at 1,893, according to the International Union for Conservation of NatureSouth Africa and Chad on Sunday signed an agreement that will see the re-introduction next year of critically endangered black rhino to the central African country, decades after it was last seen there.
Environment ministers from the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding "which will allow for the translocation of six black rhino from South Africa to Chad," said a government statement.The last time a rhino was spotted in Chad was in 1972, according to official documents Chad submitted to South Africa.The animals should be airlifted to Chad's Zakouma National Park "sometime next year. We are looking at around March, A

the last ringling bros. circus will be streamed on facebook live

The performance takes place on Sunday, May 21st at 7PM ET and will be broadcast from the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum just outside of New York City. The use of Facebook Live over something like YouTube just speaks to how dominant Facebook's streaming service has become in the last year, even when the company is struggling to stop users from broadcasting horrific events. The final show of a pretty legendary circus is certainly will help Facebook frame its service in a more positive light.RIngling Bros. announced its touring circus would come to an end this past January due to declining ticket sales and rising production costs. But this isn't the first time they've streamed an event live -- the final show involving live elephants. The elephants were a hallmark of the circus for decades,

presstv-xenophobia in south africa

Police in South Africa have used rubber bullets, stun grenades, and tear gas to scatter people clashing at rival rallies by locals and refugees.Violence has emerged against refuges in South Africa in recent weeks. Locals have looted and torched houses and shops belonging to the refugees. President Jacob Zuma said in a statement on Friday that there had been “threats of violence and acts of intimidation and destruction of property directed at non-nationals.”

south africa's president replaces finance minister - fox news

Pravin Gordhan, South Africa's finance minister, left, greets former President Nelson Mandela's wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, during the funeral service for Ahmed Kathrada, at West Park Cemetery in Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, who spent 26 years in jail - many of them alongside Nelson Mandela - for working to end South Africa's previous white minority rule, died in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning.Start the conversation, or Read more at Fox News.

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