Almost daily the death of another lion is splashed across the media. With the wild lion population plummeting to dangers levels, some say 20,000 while others as few as 2,000, the killing has to stop. Philipo and Patti are among those who discovered that lights help farmers keep lions away from their livestock. [See four testimonials from farmers below.]
Apparently lights are associated with humans. Humans with torches. Of course lions are no dummies, so for lights to deter lions they must appear to be moving. Enter the random flashing light.
There’s nothing too amazing about a flashing light. However, when it comes to a random flashing light in the middle of nowhere, that’s a different story. Batteries just don’t last long enough. At first a solar panel was installed on the hut closest to the boma. Wires were buried in the ground feeding each light. Of course there were problems! Wires got cut, the solar panel got dirty, and other mechanical things went wrong that the farmer was not able to fix.
All this time lights were being installed and farmers were reporting success. Lions were staying away from their livestock bomas. Read the testimonials of four grateful farmers below. It was well worth the huge effort (and expense) to perfect this system to help farmers.
After trial and error the self contained lighting unit was developed by Patti and her team at the Tanzania Lion Illumination Project. To date over 300 bomas across Tanzania are now equipped with lights. Requests keep coming in. Philipo and his small team can’t install them fast enough… that’s when there’s enough funding to manufacture more lights.
It takes around $500 to adequately secure one boma to help farmers keep the lions away. Each year Nikela pledges to sponsor enough lights to outfit two bomas. It’s that time of year again.
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