Polish Pottery Elephant Ring Holder by the Kalich factory! This darling elephant ring holder is painted in a blue, yellow and green flower pattern with bees in flight.
Elephants are very scared of bees! That could save their lives! Conservationists from The Elephant and Bee’s Project, a part of "Save the Elephants" use this natural fear to protect African elephants!
The world’s largest land animal, the elephant, has an unlikely nemesis in the form of tiny honeybees. Despite having the two inch thick skin of a pachyderm, elephants are vulnerable in the sensitive, soft fleshy areas of their eyes, mouth, and trunk. Because of this, they will become bothered and startled not just by the sight but the very sound of a swarming beehive.
Foraging elephants put themselves in danger when they break through fences to raid crops and are at risk of being shot by farmers trying to protect their food supply. By putting hanging beehives along the perimeter of the garden, elephants avoid the area for fear of being stung by a swarm of bees. The ingenious operation has been a success in Africa while also providing farmers with honey for themselves. (excerpt from article by Randy Mazzuca )