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Morgan Freeman converted his 124-acre Mississippi ranch into a bee sanctuary to save the environment

Morgan Freeman converted his 124-acre Mississippi ranch into a bee sanctuary to save the environment

In his bee ranch, Morgan Freeman helps to feed them sugar and water, as well as establish bee-friendly magnolia trees, lavender, clover, and other plants. 

Bees are an indispensable part of the ecosystem of our planet. They are the greatest pollinators, and we all depend on them for survival. 

However, Human activities are rapidly threatening bees and other pollinators such as butterflies, bats, and hummingbirds, per UN Environment Programme. According to the Science Times, almost 90% of the whole bee population has been utterly exterminated. 

Morgan Freeman, the legendary American actor, and producer, is doing everything he can to play a part in saving these essential creatures. Freeman began his quest to preserve the planet in 2014 when he became a beekeeper. At the time, his action was driven by his desire to do all possible to revitalize and protect the world's bee population, reports Forbes.

 



 

 

During The Tonight Show, he discussed his new passion with Jimmy Fallon. Freeman had only begun beekeeping a few weeks before coming on the show, and he discussed his experience with bees as well as the need of preserving and saving wild bees for healthy habitats. Freeman discussed his rationale for starting beekeeping. He said, "There is a concerted effort for bringing bees back onto the planet…We do not realize that they are the foundation, I think, of the growth of the planet, the vegetation..."

 



 

 

He turned his sprawling ranch in Mississippi into a bee sanctuary. The ranch is around 124 acres in size, giving the bees plenty of space to play, pollinate, and populate. Freeman brought 26 bee hives from Arkansas to his Mississippi estate. There, Freeman helps to feed the bees sugar and water, as well as establish bee-friendly magnolia trees, lavender, clover, and other plants. 

Freeman noted that he never wears a bee suit or cap, and they have yet to sting him. He merely feeds them and has no plans to collect honey or disturb the beehives. He went on to describe his ranch-turned-sanctuary, "I have a lot of flowering things, and I have a gardener too. As she takes care of the bees too, all she does is figure out, ‘OK, what would they like to have?’ So we have got acres and acres of clover, and we have some planting stuff like lavender, I have got like, maybe 140 magnolia trees, big blossoms."

As environmental activists strive to rescue our planet, it is encouraging to know that individuals with economic and celebrity influence are also contributing to the effort. Freeman has received international appreciation for this efforts to save the bee population.

Cover Image Source: Getty Images/Rich Fury

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