Each year between April and May in the The Sundarbans mangrove forest of Bangladesh honey collectors (known as Maualis) set out for months at a time in boats to collect honey. The honeycombs are built by the giant honey bee Apis Dorsata which are renowned for their hives which are not enclosed and also for their aggressive nature when provoked. To subdue the bees the Maualis burn torches to create smoke, the bees then leave the hive and Maualis cut the honey from the hive. This same area is also home to the Royal Bangal Tiger, the Maualis carry no protection against the Tigers and are very vulnerable to attack. Honey is one of the most important natural resources to emerge out of the Sundarbans and each year over 250,000kg is produced.