Thursday

How to keep lions out of your garden



And why would you need to? 


Imagine yourself in Africa. Mozambique, to be exact. Bush pigs are raiding your veggie crops at night. 


You hear them in your garden and go out in the darkness to rescue your food and...oops!  There's a lion stalking those pigs and it's ready to attack...you! 


What can you do?


You need a fence.  Chain link?  Hard to find in the African bush.  Barbed wire?  Too easy for a lion to get through or over.  What, then?


How about this:

  • First, you find the thorniest native plant in all the land ~ African Myrrh!
  • Then, cut branches off a living bush
  • Plant them densely around your garden
  • Allow them to grow!
The photos below show the hard bone-like thorns of the African myrrh and real thorn fences used in Africa...to keep the lions (and the bush pigs) out!


Thorn fences are reducing crop damage and even deterring elephants.  They also save human lives...pretty smart!


For more about this lion fence project, go here: Niassa Lion Project
Thorn fence photos courtesy of Mike Glier at www.antipodes.us

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