Effectiveness of LED lights on bomas in protecting livestock from predation in southern Kenya

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dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Finnish Museum of Natural History en
dc.contributor.author Okemwa, Bill
dc.contributor.author Gichuki, Nathan
dc.contributor.author Virani, Munir
dc.contributor.author Kanya, James
dc.contributor.author Kinyamario, Jenesio
dc.contributor.author Santangeli, Andrea
dc.date.accessioned 2019-02-08T15:40:01Z
dc.date.available 2019-02-08T15:40:01Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Okemwa , B , Gichuki , N , Virani , M , Kanya , J , Kinyamario , J & Santangeli , A 2018 , ' Effectiveness of LED lights on bomas in protecting livestock from predation in southern Kenya ' , Conservation Evidence , vol. 15 , pp. 39-42 . < https://www.conservationevidence.com/individual-study/6857 > en
dc.identifier.issn 1758-2067
dc.identifier.other PURE: 108674735
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: f8a005a1-5887-4ce0-8c06-1a110b0efc27
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 85050026761
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/298853
dc.description.abstract Various interventions have been employed to mitigate livestock predation by lions and other carnivores. Livestock owners have typically employed lethal and/or non-lethal measures with varied successes and failures. Resolving the human-carnivore conflict is key to the survival of carnivores and ensuring local livelihoods and safety. Here we assess the effectiveness of placing LED lighting systems at bomas (livestock enclosures) in order to deter predator attacks at night in two group ranches surrounding Amboseli National Park, southern Kenya. Both the number of predatory attacks and the number of livestock killed were significantly lower after the LED lighting system was installed, compared to the period before the LED system was installed for the same boma, or compared to the control group. LED lights reduced the number of attacks on livestock in bomas by almost threefold, and reduced the number of livestock killed by over four times from the levels recorded before the LED lights were installed. The results provide clear evidence that the LED system, as installed at bomas in the study regions, was an effective means of reducing night-time predation on livestock, at least in the short term (six months) during which effectiveness was monitored. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Conservation Evidence
dc.relation.uri https://www.conservationevidence.com/individual-study/6857
dc.rights en
dc.subject 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology en
dc.title Effectiveness of LED lights on bomas in protecting livestock from predation in southern Kenya en
dc.type Article
dc.description.version Peer reviewed
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