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Lion Lights Invention by 13-Year-Old Kenyan to Save Big Cats?

In this video report, National Geographic Big Cats Initiative grantee Paula Kahumbu reports on a bright idea by 13-year-old Kenyan innovator Richard Turere to save endangered lions with his “lion lights” invention.

Big Cats Initiative and its grantees have a near-uniform shared theme of conservation via deep engagement with local communities and stakeholders.  The connection between Paula Kahumbu, a BCI grantee and recipient of the National Geographic -Howard G. Buffett Award for African Conservation, and young Richard Turere is a shining of example of how the BCI’s grassroots-based conservation actions collaboratively find and implement the most imaginative, yet simple and effective conservation techniques.


While his own research focuses on learning about and protecting the fossa, Madagascar's elusive top predator, Luke Dollar has also devoted himself to promoting smart and effective conservation throughout the world. As a part of this larger dedication, he also heads up National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative. Learn More About Luke Dollar and His Work
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  • mindo

    Atta boy, good job!

  • peter villalobos

    Good boy,Richard Turere.That’s a smart and innovative young man.Do you see what just ONE good idea can do?Unfortunately,I do not see a solution for overpopulation and therefore,encroachment.The building can’t be stopped.I don’t see how.

  • Barbara

    Richard outstanding job. At such a young age, you are making a huge difference in the world. I am so proud of your brillant idea, which will help save the lives of lions, wildstock and people, You are an example for everyone throughout the world to follow and a true hero.

    Now won’t it be great if a manufacturer of the solar lights donated them to our friends in Kenya to truly make a difference?

  • Mary

    Good for Richard, yes; bad for Nat Geo’s big cat project. What are they doing with all the donations people send them if it isn’t to think of solutions like this before almost all the lions have been killed in that area? I’m appalled.

  • yvie

    Good job! although I wonder how simple it can be to save your catle if you do not walk with them in the dark hours as can be seen on the video, it is asking for attacks. No one would jump voluntairly in a lion cage so why not build good fences and make sure that livestock is save in the hours without daylight.

  • Harsumit Singh Gill

    Its a great response of people like Richard himself. Folks like him are more energetic and not to ignore, are the future.

  • dmfinpa

    What an outstanding idea! A very innovative approach and a smart lad to come up with it. Implementing ideas such as this that protect agriculture and also address conservation of endangered lions is indeed a win-win. Congratulations Richard!

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