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For people who raise livestock near Nairobi National Park, lions are a major-scale pest. Two years ago, Richard Turere, who was responsible for herding his family’s flock, noticed that lions never struck ranches where people were walking around with flashlights. So the self-taught maker, who is now 13, rigged up a system of flashing LED torches around his family’s stockade, drawing electricity from the solar panel and battery circuit that powered their TV.

Since installing the system, they have suffered zero lion attacks, unlike 5 of their neighbors. Richard was recently awarded a scholarship to the Brookhouse School in Nairobi, where he plans to study engineering.

From AfriGadget

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Paul Spinrad

I’m a broad-spectrum enthusiast, writer, editor (Wired, MAKE), maker, and dad who lives in San Francisco and hatches schemes at investian.com.


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  1. MSilvia says:

    Way to go Richard!

  2. Eugene says:

    Reminds me of the Simpsons episode where Lisa sells Homer a rock that keeps away lions or tigers… something like that.

    Great job!

  3. irright says:

    I’d like to shake that kid’s hand.

  4. I like it, I like it! So glad he’s being rewarded for his creativity. Ah, I’m smiling right now.

  5. A. Barragree says:

    Fantastic! I’d love to share this with my students who are studying entrepreneurship and inventing. Can I get the photo to post on my website?

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  7. That’s like the solution of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, big Anatolian Shepherds as guarding dogs for the flock….and it works!!!! Killing the lions is NEVER the right solution…! http://www.cheetah.org

  8. Jim says:

    I’d like to give him some decent tennis shoes..!

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