Published On: Thu, Feb 28th, 2013

Kenyan Richard Turere, 13 talks about his lion light deterrent device at TED Conference


Richard Turere 13, is from Kitengela on the edge of the Nairobi National Park in Kenya.

He started herding his family’s cattle when he was just nine. At age 11 frustrated by lions frequently killing his
family’s livestock he devised a low-cost lion deterrent device to keep the lions away from his family’s stockade.

He arranged LED bulbs on poles around the enclosure, after learning that lions were afraid of getting closer to the farm when one walked around carrying a flashlight.

Richard Turere invention dubbed Lion LightRichard Turere’s invention dubbed “Lion Light” is a set of lights, connected to a box with switches powered by a car battery that is charged through a solar panel.

The lights are also set to flash in sequence, tricking the lions into believing that someone is moving around carrying a flashlight.

Turere was invited to speak at the TEDActive 2013 on the 26th February 2013. His innovative system has become a big success with many neighbors installing the “Lion Lights”. His family hasn’t lost any livestock to lions since he installed the system.

Richard TurereWhen not looking after his fathers livestock, he tinkered with electrical gadgets. Dismantling the few household appliances, and teaching himself how to fix them, then he started inventing. He fit his parents’ home with fans made from car parts and other junkyard components collected from junkyards, then built other inventions for his neighbors.

Richard Turere, 13, received a scholarship to Brookhouse International School at 11, his dream is to be an aircraft engineer.

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