People all over the world work bees other than Apis mellifera. At first, when you hear that some folks work stingless bees, you might think they're lucky. Turns out stinging is generally preferable to biting.
I did not realize there were so many species!
I know a lady that tends endanged bumblebees, which seems particularly selfless given that they don't — what's the least mercenary way to put this? — produce.