How to Keep Lions Out of Your Garden

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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. 

Ever seen a bush pig? Not the loveliest of the creatures God made...Image result for night lion bush pigs

You hear those bush pigs raiding your garden!  You go out in the darkness to rescue your food and...oops!  

There's a lion stalking those pigs and it's ready to attack something...maybe even 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?

Do what they do in Mozambique...

  • First, 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 bone-like thorns of the African myrrh and real thorn fences used in keep the bush pigs (and the lions) out!

They look pretty wicked, don't they? 

But 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


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Caro.S said...

They do the same all over southern Africa the tribes protect themselves since centuries. In South Africa where I lived they construct their round huts called "rondavels"in a circle on the top (higher ground) is the father, then left and right from his hut.are the the wifes'huts, then the girls'huts, and at the entrance on the lower part the boys (to defend the boma (that's how they call this construction) around it they have regional plants with thorns or a type of plant similar to the aloe but much bigger to protect them. In the center there is a corral where they keep their cows, their most precious belonging; as it is food, milk and also used dowry (the wealth transferred from the bride's family to the groom or his family) The grains are kept in huts on a kind of piloti, far from the ground (because of the insects and other animals that could eat it. And finally, under the corral, they sometimes keep the most valuable things, that they hide in case other humans attack them.
I hope you liked my little explanation. :D