Updated: May 29
Where trees and woods are essential to filter our air, bees are vital to both pollinate the food we need to survive and pollinate many of the trees and flowers that provide habitats for wildlife.
According to the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations, approximately 80% of all flowering plants are specialised for pollination by animals, mostly insects (which includes bees). Pollination is crucial because many of our vegetables, fruits and the crops that feed our livestock rely on it to be fertilised, so without it, we could go hungry.
There are over 200 species of solitary bees, who live alone, do not create honey and do not live in hives. They are also less agressive than regular bees.
There are many factors in declining solitary bee numbers, including increased use of chemicals in farming, fewer wildflower meadows, and less suitable habitat.
That is why Somboon Legacy Foundation have decided to create bee houses at our Interactive Elephant Museum for these important hard-working winged invertebrates.
You can recreate this easily at home, even 1 small house can help many bees!
In our special kids program, we include 'bee hotel activities' where we teach them all about the importance of bees and bee hotels.