About Julius Mbuta
Julius is the Assistant Director of The Wildlife Connection, located in the Iringa District of Southern Tanzania. The focus of his project is human elephant conflict mitigation through the use of beehive barrier fences in the village of Kitisi, Idodi District. The objectives of Julius’s project are to bring about a reduction in elephant crop-raiding behavior, and therefore reduce human elephant conflict and improve local farmer livelihoods. A single episode of crop raiding can destroy the crop of an entire family, depriving local people of their livelihood and intensifying resentment towards elephants. This negative relationship makes elephants vulnerable to poaching, as local people are not motivated to protect them. Beehive fences have been proven to deter elephants and are utilized in this project to protect farms where elephant crop raiding is a significant problem. Farmers and interested local people are involved in the implementation of the project; we will provide beehive building workshops and meetings to encourage farmers to work as a co-operative. An additional outcome from the project will be the advantage of providing an extra source of income through honey and wax harvest.