THE MIGHTY HONEYBEE IS FIGHTING POVERTY AND DEFORESTATION IN ZANZIBAR

Honeybees are industrious little creatures, schlepping pollen and nectar from flower to hive all day to feed their queen. But in the tropical archipelago of Zanzibar, roughly 30 miles east of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean, that’s not all they do.

Bees are helping local beekeepers fight poverty, deforestation, and the negative effects of climate change—a bee-autiful partnership that Dutch photographer Jurre Rompa captures in his series Jungle Bees. “The beekeepers have a lot of respect for the bees,” Rompa says. “They know the impact they have on the environment.

 

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