Peter is an independent international zoo consultant, critic and writer with over 50 years of work within zoos.
World Bee Day
World Bee Day has been observed and celebrated on the 20th May since 2018. Bees are important to all of us and bees are important for plants and life. Something in the region of 35% of the foods we eat are dependent on bees for their pollination. Without bees the variety you see on the supermarket shelves would be much reduced.
Today bees are affected by pollution, insecticides, changes in farming practices and more. We need bees! If bees were to disappear there would be a planetary disaster.
Imagine a world without bees
Some Bee Facts
Bees are insects.
Bees are prime pollinators.
One out of every three mouthfuls of food you eat is the product of pollinators.
Bees fly at about 25 mph.
The honey bee is the only insect which produces food that is eaten by man.
Fermented honey, known as Mead, is the oldest known alcoholic beverage.
Bees have been used to locate drugs and explosives.
The Amazing World of Bees
A Bee Story
Back in the mid 1970's I was working in a large Middle Eastern Zoo. Dotted around the zoo were a number of drinking fountains. These were not used just by people but bees too.
The zookeepers paid special attention that the bees did not drown in the water collection tray and provided small drawbridges or rafts to allow escape.
On occasion a bee would be caught and a small feather tied to it before release. This slowed the bees flight down and the zookeepers would follow it in a sort of relay and travelling upwards of a mile into the mountains. Sometime later they would return with the honey they had collected.